The attack came quickly and without warning, a barrage of punches that sent Michael Hall to the pavement, fracturing the right side of his cheekbone and leaving his face swollen and lined with surgical stitches.
Michael Roike said he swung wildly to fend off the onslaught, trying to protect his 29-year-old longtime partner as they walked two blocks from their apartment in the Eckington neighborhood of Northeast D.C.
Friends have rallied round and set up a fund for Michael Joe Hall to help him cover any medical fees (click here for link to PayPal donation page)
Residents respond by organising march on 9th August 2012
- Examiner (10 08 2012) DC Residents rally against Hate Crime
- Youtube (09 08 2012): Metro video coverage of March
- Facebook event (09 08 2012): We shall not be moved Rally and Safety Walk
- Facebook event (06 08 2012): Friends of Michael Joe Hall and Michael Roike
- Washingtonpost (09 08 2012) Malu Banuelos – D.C. gay rights activists to rally against hate crimes, hold ‘moment of noise’
- Washingtonpost (25 07 2012) Peter Hermann – D.C. police investigate attack in Northeast as possible hate crime
- Washingtonpost (23 07 2012) Martin Well – Two beaten in possible hate crime