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:
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.
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...