A transgender woman was brutally beaten by at least four attackers outside a Fredericksburg, Va., 7-Eleven Saturday.
The victim, who has not been identified by the media, says her attackers pulled up in a car as she emerged from the store and backed her against a wall, kicking her and beating her with their fists and a metal broom handle while shouting slurs that mocked her transgender status.
"The first time I feared for my life," the 32-year-old victim told Washington, D.C.’s NBC4, "is when I actually got knocked out."
The woman suffered injuries to her face and mouth, as well as bruising about her body before her next-door neighbor came over and covered the victim’s body with her own to protect her from the blows.
While the suspects fled the scene, witnesses noted the license plate of their vehicle, which led to the arrest of two teenage suspects. Two additional suspects are still at large.
"It hurts, it really hurts to get treated like a dog," said the victim, "and that’s the way I feel like I was treated, like a stray animal."
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