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Gay Man Left Paralyzed, Throat Slit, After Brutal Hate Crime Attack

Updated Wednesday 2:30 p.m. PST

A support fund has been created for Scott Jones following his devastating attack, which left him paralyzed from the waist down last Saturday. His family wrote the following message for Scott's supporters:

Message From the Family: We are  grateful  for all of the love and support from everyone.  We are extremely thankful for the positive messages we are receiving.  Scott is reading them and is so moved.  It is giving Scott great strength to know so many people are rooting for him.  Our focus and goal continues to be Scotts recovery and well-being.  Thank you for all your love.

Scott is the kind of guy that everyone is lucky to know.  He cares deeply for his family, friends and community who he supports.  On Saturday October 12 that 2:30am his life drastically changed.  He is  now paralyzed and trying to recover physically and emotionally from a vicious attack.

The road ahead for Scott will be challenging; physically, emotionally and financially.  He will no longer be able to do the things he's been accustomed to do for the past 27 years.  The financial requirements of his rehabilitation is far beyond the capability of his family so with your support we can help them to focus on supporting Scott.  A trust fund has been set up in his name to ensure all money donated goes to supporting Scott with his rehabilitation process.  On behalf of the entire family, thank you for your support!   

Clearly any financial support will be greatly appreciated as Scott begins the long road to recovery. To give, head here

You can also provide messages of encouragement on Scott's Facebook support group.

 

(H/T: Queerty)

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Original Post

A Canadian gay man, Scott Jones, was the victim of a brutal hate crime this past Saturday. Jones was attacked with a knife after exiting a bar and was left with a severed spinal cord and slit throat.

Gay Star News reports: 

Nova Scotia police were on a routine patrol before 2:30 am when they saw a man on the ground near the intersection of Archimedes and Forbes Street.

Amy Punke, the victim's friend, told CBC News: ‘He was walking with a friend and two men, who had previously been at the bar we were at, came running across the street.

"One of the men distracted Scott’s friend and the other man stabbed Scott twice in the back and tried to slit his throat."

The injury to Jones throat was superficial, but the multiple stab wounds to the back severed Jones spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Punke added: "Myself, and his family and the people that know him, we feel that he may have been targeted because of the fact that he’s gay and he’s openly gay in town."

Jones is currently in critical, but stable condition. 

Updated, Monday 5:04 p.m. PST: The New Glasgow News reports (via HuffPo):

Suspect Shane Edward Matheson, 19, was arrested following the attack and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, The New Glasgow News is reporting. Matheson is apparently facing another assault charges for a separate incident involving an 18-year-old woman.

 

(Image Credit: CBC News)

 

Comments

There are just horrible people in this world.....sorry to hear about what happened to you Scott......stay strong....not everyone is mean.....postive vibes being sent your way.....xxx from Quebec, Canada..

As a seasoned gay martail arts instructor of 36 years. Started my training age 16 and practiced Sholin and M.M.A full and semi contact kickboxing for 13 years and as a sport it had rules attached no punching here and no kicking there and it was very affective in compatision 1 on 1.
But realy fights are not like that, there are.as.I learnt the hard way No rules and more therewonitwon,t be just one of them to take care of e

I can't believe after all this time. The hate for us stands strong. They think the ones we are still wrong. I pray this one day comes to an end. Until then we shouldn't have to pretend...

Let's not all jump to conclusions, there maybe more to the story than has been told. There's a quote in the article above...

 "Myself, and his family and the people that know him, we feel that he may have been targeted because of the fact that he’s gay and he’s openly gay in town."

MAY have been....This is an assumption and not fact, just because Scott is openly gay doesn't mean this is the reason he was brutally attacked. The suspect is also facing assault charges on a female...

I am an openly gay man too, but I am fed up of media and others who call the card whether it's homophobia, racist or whatever without having the full facts.

This is so sad and so senseless. What can we do to help him?

Unlike some post, I do suggest all of the LGBT community learn self-defense techniques. One excellent group is altering the the cycle of abuse by teaching NYC classes to all LGBT folks, you can find them on facebook under: Fags Fight Back. Knowing how to properly defend yourself in a crisis is life saving, especially when you are up against multiple attackers with no chance to run. It's sad we are forced to live in a society which promotes and encourages fear; however, taking a proactive approach to your safety is paramount to a healthier life. 

That 19, Shane Edward Matheson should be sput in a cell so far back that they have to pipe air to him, I am sorry for what happened to Scott Jones and am really surprised that he was not killed. :(

It is a sad dituation when a man is mutilated for being the person who he was born to be .  there is so much hatred in our world it stands to reason that it filters doun to innocent gays out trying to socialize and have a good time . we can only pray that some myrical of modern medicine will enable the poor victom to regain use of his body and to regain something of a normal life but the fear will probably always be with him all his life god bless u my friend u remain in my prayers

Its Sad that people have so much Hatred
 

OMG that is Horrible. The Man is so Cute. Damn I hope hes not permanently disabled.

His spinal cord was severed. Once it is severed there is no going back. He is paralyzed for the rest of his life.

Ive been very lucky, ive been attacked a couple of times. The first time was 8 years ago on new yrs eve. I was jumped by 5 or 6 guys. I ran. They caught up with me. I was bruised and swollen but luckily its only superficial. They did break my nose. a friend of mine followed and threw a beer bottle at them, hit one of em in the head. She saved me im sure of it. The second time was a guy i picked up. We spent a couple of hours together. After we had had sex he freaked out and tried to strangle me, i lost consciousness. when i came too he was punching me. i tried to stand up, it took what felt like a lifetime. i got away from him. I ran literally for my life to a phone box and called the police. they arrested the guy who also robbed me. Ive been lucky twice to come away with my life. i cant believe that things like this happen in this day and age. The only thing i can say is change someones opinion of your sexuality by showing them its not what defines you that you are a human too who just happens to like men. Scott was not as lucky as i was. Please stay safe, dont get caught alone!!!  Always have your witts about you and if trouble comes run dont try and fight!!!

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