Seattle Man Beaten With Aluminum Bat In Brutal Hate Crime
Warning: The details of the attack are graphic.
A black Seattle man was left in critical condition after being brutally attacked by a man with an aluminum baseball bat for sleeping with his sister.
DaShawn Horne was at a club when he met a woman in her 20s, with the woman inviting him back to her home, according to a report from the Seattle Times. The following morning the girl called a Lyft driver to drive Horne home.
The Times then reports:
"Julian Tuimauga was carrying an aluminum baseball bat when he approached the Lyft driver and asked who the driver was there to pick up. The driver gave Tuimauga’s sister’s name as the person who had requested the ride, then watched as Tuimauga walked to a corner of the fenced yard."
"A short time later, the driver saw Horne walk along the side of the house toward the driveway and heard him argue with Tuimauga, the charges say. He 'then heard a thump sound like a bat had struck something,' according to charging papers."
The driver then saw Tuimauga strike Horne in the head twice with the bat, as well as heard Tuimauga say "This is what happens when you bring black people around here." Tuimauga then struck Horne three more times who was already unconscious, and filmed the attack as well, with the attacker reportedly using the N-word multiple times.
Tuimauga was charged last week with first-degree assault and malicious harassment — the state's hate-crime statute — and remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, jail and court records show.
"You just never think it's going to happen to you or so close to home. I was just telling someone, 'It's different out here. Everybody gets along. It's so diverse," LaDonna Horne, Dashawn's mother, said.
Horne will remain in the hospital for at least the next six months, and his prognosis is unknown. Currently, a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical bills is available to donate to here.
Source: Seattle Times