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Suspect Sought in B.C. Gay Bashing

Suspect Sought in B.C. Gay Bashing


Police in British Columbia are seeking a suspect in the severe beating of a gay man at a hot springs last month.

According to the Edmonton Journal, "Police said the Dec. 29, 2010, incident at a hot springs near Nakusp, about 240 kilometres northeast of Kelowna, started when two gay men were sitting in a hot tub and were joined by a third man. Once that man -- the suspect -- learned the other two men were homosexual, he is said to have informed his friends 'that he was going to kill the two men,' according to an RCMP news release."

The victim's partner fled to the bushes while the suspect viciously beat the victim, according to the report. The suspect fled the scene with two friends on snowmobiles.

"The suspect, who identified himself as Terry, might have been visiting the region from the Calgary area," reports the Journal. "He is described as a white male, about 44 years old, with a muscular build and a flat-top hair style. The silhouette of a bird is tattooed on his chest."

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