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Iowa Teen Beaten to Death by Mob in Anti-Gay Attack: VIDEO

The fatal beating of 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews last Friday in Waterloo, Iowa (recently in the news for being Michele Bachmann's home town) by a group of unknown assailants began with anti-gay slurs, the WCF Courier reports:

Andrews Night found him at Nakita Wright's home on Cottage Street. She said the problems started at about 12:45 a.m. Friday when she and Tudia Simpson, her cousin, went for a walk down the street. Andrews opted to stay behind, waiting on the enclosed porch, she said.

The two women hadn't made it as far as Adams Street a block away when they heard yelling back at the house. They ran back and found a truck stopped in the street, and the occupants were taunting Andrews, calling him "faggot" and "Mercedes," a feminization of his first name, Simpson said.

Andrews died of severe head injuries after being removed from life support early Friday.

Aksarbent notes that up until yesterday, police had maintained it was unclear why Andrews was targeted, and the first reports of the anti-gay slurs were published in the WCF Courier report today.

Police are still looking for those responsible.

A Facebook page has been set up in Andrews' memory.

Watch a KCRG news report on Andrews' death, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Dammit. This makes me so angry. I hope they bring his murderers to justice.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Aug 22, 2011 7:05:49 PM

  2. another example of the open minds and hearts of the bible belt. the people of iowa are hate mongers hiding behind so called christian values.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 22, 2011 7:06:48 PM

  3. This is what the hate speech of Bachmann, Perry and Santorum get you!!!! When public figures stand on platforms and tell the world that a segment of the population are less than the rest, you get violence!!! I hope Congresswoman Bachmann is proud of her hometown.

    Posted by: matt | Aug 22, 2011 7:13:17 PM

  4. This is sickening and heartbreaking.

    Posted by: Red | Aug 22, 2011 7:14:59 PM

  5. Sad news.

    Posted by: Kenton | Aug 22, 2011 7:19:59 PM

  6. Its just insane. I can only hope "god" allows for those responsible to answer for their crimes completely. More importantly I hope the kid finds a peace that that they never will attain.

    Posted by: Toto | Aug 22, 2011 7:20:45 PM

  7. The politicians who refuse to fight bullying and hate have as much blood on their hands as the actual killers. Imagine what would happen if they became president?

    Posted by: Peter | Aug 22, 2011 7:27:41 PM

  8. My heart and prayers go out to the family members and friends. This is horrible, horrible, horrible. If you have any information on thsi crime please go to the police. This is 2011!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Aug 22, 2011 7:30:05 PM

  9. Andy thoughtfully gave Aksarbent credit for the bit about the Waterloo police claiming that the attack motivation was "unclear," but I just realized that the link in my blog to that source was broken. It's ok in the blog, now, I think, but if not, then here is the URL:

    (Obviously Waterloo isn't as storybook a place as Michele made it out to be when she made her announcement.)

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    Posted by: zhongekb | Aug 22, 2011 7:59:26 PM

  11. :-(


    Posted by: say what | Aug 22, 2011 8:03:15 PM

  12. ENZOINOMAHA wrote: "Obviously Waterloo isn't as storybook a place as Michele made it out to be when she made her announcement."

    Actually, I see this as her strong anti-Gay rhetoric whipping up her base in her home town. Who in the country ever heard of Waterloo unless you came from that area? But now, it made press, Bachmann claimed it, Bachmann announces bid for presidency while saying gays are "of satan" and her husband claiming gays are disordered...

    And then, a week later...Waterloo is on the map again. No, no...I'm sure it's just coincidence. Nothing Bachmann has said is in anyway related to this attack.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 22, 2011 8:19:40 PM

  13. Why isn't this called a lynching? Isn't that exactly what this is?

    Posted by: Neil | Aug 22, 2011 8:34:39 PM

  14. These things happen in New York and Los Angeles all the time, too (there has been a whole rash of attacks like this in LA just recently). Has nothing to do with geography or the pronouncements of conservative politicians (how many black people listen to Michelle Bachman?)

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 22, 2011 8:39:41 PM

  15. Iowa in general and cities like Waterloo are stressed by unemployment and other economic and related social factors. The prevalence of fanatic religious nutters who got into such a frenzy last year over "liberal" judges is one thing, the barbarism of thugs is another. They do seem to be part of a self-feeding circuit, even when the conscious motives are unconnected. Marcellus probably risked being targeted without the vile spewings of Crazy Eyes, the Frother, the Mormon god-in-waiting.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Aug 22, 2011 8:55:06 PM

  16. Let's not overexaggerate, Rick. Horrible incidents such as this do not occur "all the time" in NYC or LA, especially when you take into consideration, things would have been handled before getting to this point in these cities. Extra police force out and about at night, streets are busier, etc.

    The other difference between more gay positive cities and a town like Waterloo is the immediate reaction taken after such incidents. The entire day Friday, Saturday, Sunday and not until Monday afternoon we're finding out this is a hate incident? Not acceptable.

    Very tragic story. When you're surrounded in a culture of hate, this usually is the sad result. Best wishes go out to the family who are going through something they shouldn't. Hopefully the attackers are found and dealt with harshly. Just another example that we shouldn't believe although we've made recent gains that homophobic hatred still doesn't surround us.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 22, 2011 8:57:09 PM

  17. God Damn u rick

    get lost

    Posted by: say what | Aug 22, 2011 9:22:25 PM

  18. It was all to obvious how the local media coverage side stepped the possible racial/homophobic motives in the senseless slaying of young person, that probably had a beautiful dream for his life ahead. I guess well just have to wait and see how this story unfolds as to the motives of perpetrators.

    If this turns out to be a racial or homophobic hate crime, it will be very inflammatory.

    Posted by: ronsfo | Aug 22, 2011 10:40:58 PM

  19. This is the current legacy of the horrorific positons of Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, Cain ... Romney (these dreadful people who are clamoring to lead this nation) which are spewed daily and received with a shrug. We are a targeted group of people and the most vulnerable of us will be the earliest hit, like this young man. Anyione who is really familiar with the events in this country knows that this has nothing to do with geography.

    Posted by: ptx | Aug 22, 2011 11:37:50 PM

  20. I think it's perfectly relevant to ask Michelle Bachman point blank how she feels about young gay people being beaten to death in her hometown ? Does she believe gay people are not equal to straight people ? Does she think there is such a thing as a hate crime ? Does she believe you should simply ignore young people who are the victims of such crimes at school ? Does she think gay people are part of satan or barbarians ?

    Posted by: Paul | Aug 22, 2011 11:44:20 PM

  21. For those of you criticizing Iowa's intolerance, were you not aware that we beat New York to legalizing same-sex marriage?

    There are intolerant people everywhere, and I have no doubt that the Waterloo police will work their hardest to make sure the murderers are caught.

    Posted by: Matt | Aug 23, 2011 12:00:36 AM

  22. To “Say What” : I think your comment is bullying. You don’t state a poition but you attack someone who comments. I don’t think that’s acceptable. Please explain your positon and why you disliked the comment.

    Posted by: ptx | Aug 23, 2011 12:02:56 AM

  23. THIS BS JUST BREAKS MY HEART!!!! I feel so sad for the family and friends of this man! You have to be conscious of your surrounding people!!! Take a not walk out late at night....protect your life! As for the WILL be in a cell with a very large man....... HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL....

    Posted by: Shannon | Aug 23, 2011 12:19:49 AM

  24. RIP Marcellus Andrews.

    May your killers come to justice.

    May the church that you came does what they can to ensure that this does not happen again.

    You have a beautiful face.

    And plus even at the age of 19 you knew how to help others.

    You will be missed.

    (Sorry ladies & gents there was a facebook memorial page but I am not facebook so I had to leave it here)

    Posted by: Michael Singh | Aug 23, 2011 12:22:35 AM

  25. That this would happen anywhere is awful. I grew up in Illinois, have a ton of family in rural Iowa and spent a lot of time there, and now I live in Brooklyn. I've been more harassed for being gay in NYC than I ever was in the midwest. Let's not make Iowa and perceived local social politics scapegoats for a crime that is still being investigated. Real people committed this crime, not some abstraction of conservative politicians' affect on their alleged constituency.

    Posted by: Schmidty | Aug 23, 2011 12:35:45 AM

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