Seattle Man Dies After Mugging and Suspected Gay Bashing

Friends and family of Danny Vega say he was a proud openly gay man who loved life, his community and his family. On Sunday Vega died from injuries sustained in a brutal beating by three teens on November 15th.

The attack happened as Vega was walking along a Seattle street.  His niece, Melanie Galmiba, tells KOMO- TV she has no doubt that her uncle was targeted because of his sexuality, “”I feel very strongly that it is a hate crime,” she said.

So far there have been no arrests made in the case.

The Seattle Times reports that the attack occurred about four blocks from Vega’s home, where he operated Danny Vega’s Hair Design.

“Vega was able to walk home and call 911, according to Seattle police. He told officers he lost consciousness during the attack. He was later taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries,” police told the Times.

His attackers got away with his cell phone, money and other items.

Sadly, the Seattle Times reports that,”Police are not investigating the incident as a hate crime, citing a lack of evidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide and Assault Unit at 206-233-5000.

Watch the whole heart breaking story HERE.


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