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Teen Taunted With Antigay Slurs, Attacked And Killed By Bullies

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This is so unbelievably tragic.

An Iowa teenager died Saturday after he was attacked by a group of bullies who taunted him with antigay slurs.

Marcellus Andrews was taken off life support Saturday night, a day after paramedics and police found him unconscious with severe head injuries.

Witnesses say they overheard the attackers call Andrews a "f-ggot" and other slurs before beating him.

His friend Nakita Wright tried to help her friend, saying:

"I tried to help him up, and then this boy ran back and kicked him in his face."

Terrible! So vicious!

Andrews was set to compete in March Against Darkness in a few days with his drill team that was sponsored by the Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Officials are still investigating the assault. Meanwhile, no arrests have been made.

Such a terrible attack. Violence is NEVER the answer.

Our hearts go out to Marcellus' family and friends.

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45 comments to “Teen Taunted With Antigay Slurs, Attacked And Killed By Bullies”

  1. 1

    wtf !!!

  2. 2

    absolute cowards .. to beat up this poor guy and basically MURDER HIM AS THAT IS WHAT THEY DID HES DEAD terrible

  3. 3

    What is psychologically wrong with these people (who did this)?

    This is twisted as hell.

  4. 4


  5. 5

    This attack is a reflection of all the wrong influences many kids are under. It's a mixture of bad parenting, strange values society teaches you, and worst of all, religon. Though it's not religion itself, it's stupid people interpreting the bible wrong, or repeating whatever other stupid people tell them. Religion is not bad itself, but there are too many idiots, abusing it.
    This world would be a lot better of without religion.
    But many of you americans aren't able to see that. Just take a look at history

  6. 6

    Although being gay is considered a sin in the bible (true), God did not ask us to judge, hate or kill. Christ even sat and dined with sinners. Damn! He even saved two thieves in the very last minute before he died. I dont see why these muthafukas go around acting like theyre better than gay folks by killing & bullying them. I swear theyll answer for his death. If christ were to kill every one whos a sinner, everyone would be dead.

  7. 7

    Re: Kathagr – I wouldnt blame it on anything but the people themselves. You have no idea how they were raised or if they were religious at all. They were probably some punks who thought they were badass.

  8. 8

    Its the Iowa I grew up in……….

  9. 9

    It happened in Waterloo Iowa, where Michelle Bachmann was born, days after her visits there. You need not ask where she got her understanding of queer. Iowans do not like f-aggo nor do they like blacks. If you read a bit further the police are not going to handle this other than a dispute with prior history of conflict. I can here the judge now…..probation and " now boys, lets not kill anymore of them ". I grew up very near there, I know Iowans.

  10. 10

    Re: rickraton – congratulations, you are the first to bring up a politician instead of focusing on the tragic death of a young man. Jesus you really will push your anti conservative stance whenever won't you. You have no soul. This is not an iowan thing it is a few out of control pschotic kids who did a terrible thing. Get your priortites in order jackass.

  11. 11

    even though the assailants are probably minors they should be charged with 2nd degree murder as adults. they'll end up in prison at some point anyway. and what the hell are the police doing? can't imagine that a bunch of kids would be too hard to find, not like they can flee the state or anything. what a senseless waste of life. and let's not forget the pain his family is going through. lock those kids up before they do anything else.

  12. 12

    Re: nicky45
    The death is a result of the intolerance of the evangelical right wingers that populate the state. Their fervor is fed by the likes of Bachmann. It is politics, the politics of intolerance that prevails in the state. I know what I am talking about, I lived it. It is an Iowan thing.
    Of course the zealots don't outright call for the killing of gays but when they are perceived as sinners and CURABLE by Bachmann and her kind, this is what you get. The politics of the state are run by these intolerant Iowans. The result is a youth culture that does not respect others. It is NOT OK to be gay in Iowa. That's politics for you, like it, recognize or not.

  13. 13

    There even was a witness who was there and tried to help…. how the F*CK there are NO arrests??… This is so shameful!. Nobody deserves such an atrocious death. WTF is up with people. Its the 21st century and people still behave as if we were living in the 15th century…. gosh, get OVER it. Yes THERES black people in the world, and also indians, and asians, and all kind of races apart from white and yes THERES gays, and bi, and trans and all kind of sexualities too. ACCEPT IT AND LIVE YOUR LIFE!.

  14. 14

    Very sad.

  15. 15

    Whoever did this should be given the same treatment in jail. Disgusting. What kind of kids are parents raising these days? We need to start teaching tolerance at home and school instead of judgment.

  16. 16

    Re: MizzSarah21 – Exacllty. RIP Maecellus.

  17. 17

    Awful. He looks so sweet and innocent, where did this kid deserve this? I hope those who deed this, will get punished and at least will feel some regret, then there is still hope.

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  19. 19

    Re: rickraton – You say this is a result of evangelical right wingers? Do you not see how ridiculous that sounds. Do you think these asshole bullies were religious conservatives? My god they were teenage punks that had a hatred toward a gay kid. They probably don't know who the fuck Bachman is. I hope one day you and other people of your ilk realize that sometimes terrible things happen and politics have nothing to do with it. I can only imagine what else you blame others for. Sad really.

  20. 20

    Re: nicky45
    Can you be that dense? Iowa is a homogeneous culture of isolated small towns. Regardless of any individual beliefs or political awareness the greater culture absorbs the influences.
    Iowa is a bit like Iran, there are no homosexuals there. Homosexuality is not spoken of there.

  21. 21

    This is so sad.

  22. yeez says – reply to this


    Re: rickraton – You're as bad as Bachmann, as you are using this tragic incident to support YOUR political ideology. You stereotype Christians, conservatives, and ALL the people in the ENTIRE state of Iowa (both as homophobes AND racists) and you expect to be taken seriously as a advocate for gay rights? Child, please.

  23. yeez says – reply to this


    This is incredibly sad for the young man and his family and friends. I wish people could focus on the life that was taken far too soon, rather than turn this into an opportunity for unproductive, political/religious debate.

  24. 24

    This is terrible, they must find those bullies and lock them up for life, there is no excuse to beat up someone to death just because of someone's else color. I don't care how old those bullies are, action comes with consequences!!!!!

  25. 25

    Murdered by young Republicans.

  26. 26

    Sounds like murder more than an assault.

  27. 27

    Re: yeez – Take your head out of the sand. Don't you remember the crowd yelling at a Sarah Palin rally "Kill him!!", "N++++r" and she did nothing to dissuade them otherwise. Dominionists are spreading this hateful shit.

  28. 28

    jesus what is WRONG with people!??

  29. 29

    Re: rickraton – I take serious offense to you labeling all people from Iowa as anti-gay. I live in Iowa and have had several gay friends and roommates. BEST roommates ever that I still talk to. I heard on the news this morning they are still investigating and plan on charging people involved very soon.

  30. 30

    Re: rickraton – "its not okay to be gay in Iowa?" Funny how IOWA was one of the first states to allow gay marriages. And I actually LIVE there, not just near there. Your ignorance disgusts me and you should probably STFU about things you clearly don't know much about.

  31. 31

    RIP Marcellus. =( so unbelievablyy tragic. I hope his attackers get life in prison.

  32. 32

    It's backlash for gay marriage being passed in Iowa. If it wasn't for the gay agenda, this kid would still be alive.

  33. 33

    This is where you'd use your favorite word deplorable. This is what deplorable is. I cannot believe that kids can be so cruel to one another. Kids are so mean to each other now a days especially in the area of popularity, race, sexual oreintation, looks etc- It disheartens me that this young generation of heathens would find this behavior acceptable. I hope they carry this burden with them for the rest of their lives.. This just absolutely disgusts me. The parents are also to blame for not instilling positive values into these kids and teaching them tolerance. You dont have to agree with someone about their lifestyle choices- but learning to respond to their differences appropriate is clearly something a lot of youths haven't yet learned. I didn't really notice any "gay" children in school- not until I was a senior in high school was there a gay student- and he was teased, (mainly behind his back) but never was terrorized or physically assaulted like this and im sad to hear this type of stuff happens.

  34. 34

    Re: rickraton – yea.. they only like black guys when they are playing for the Hawkeyes sports teams.. so typical!

  35. 35

    Re: rickraton – and I grew up in Iowa… and I don't necessarily agree with your dipiction of how "Iowans" are.. Don't stereotype all Iowans…

  36. 36

    Re: rickraton – There are no homosexuals in Iowa and its not spoken of? Are you that stupid? Same sex marriages became LEGAL in IOWA in 1993.. so if there are no homosexuals in Iowa.. who's getting married? Lmao.. do some research before you make false claims.

  37. 37

    Re: clr9632 – FINALLY! Someone who is not dense. Same Sex marriage has been LEGAL since 1993…. I honestly don't think the dude is from Iowa…. saying Iowa is like Iran… is ridiculously stupid.

  38. 38

    Perez — it's time for you to stop with this slogan, "violence is never the answer." For example, if people used violence to defend this kid against his attackers, that would be "the answer." Furthermore, what about taking down Nazi Germany? Was violence the answer then? Your blanket statement is ridiculous. www.thedishmaster.com

  39. 39

    YES, these punks do know who Michele Bachman & so do their parents. It's her kind of hate and speeches that make it OK to hunt down & beat or kill these poor kids. Yes, they are punks & haters, & most likely learned their hate from their parents and their environment. Punk asses like these cowards are not born with hate & bigotry - they learn it. My guess is that the Iowa authorities will take their time in making any arrests & then claim they don't have enough evidence against these assholes. Or, the punks will make a defense that this poor kid made passes at them. Unfortunately, that's the kind of society we live in now & their lawyers will have no shame in defending them. In any case, these punk ass cowards should spend the rest of their life in jail & get the same treatment they gave Marcellus.
    My heart goes out to this kid's family & all the other kids like him out there.
    Unfortunately, this is a DIRECT result of all the hate and rethoric by the far right conservatives & their supporters !!

  40. 40

    No Arrests have been made???? they killed a person.. they should be charged! that is a crime!

  41. 41

    There's obviously something wrong deep down inside those people. No one KILLS someone just for being gay.

  42. 42

    This is sad. I feel bad for his family.

  43. 43

    I guess "it gets better" after you are killed…

  44. 44

    These damn kids should be tortured in jail and stay in jail for the rest of their lives!

  45. 45

    I am absolutely DISGUSTED that you think you know so much about Iowa. I am from WATERLOO, IOWA and how are you gunna say it's not okay to be black here when half the city is black?!?! Have you ever been here?? And saying that Iowa is made of a bunch of small towns is the stupidest thing I've ever heard also. Marcellus attended the same high school I did which was a 4A school. There are almost 70,000 PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN WATERLOO. It is not a huge city but it is definitely not a small town so maybe you should google some shit before you want to talk about Iowa since you seem to know NOTHING about it. And you wanna know what else??? The kids that beat him up are BLACK also so there goes your stupid idea of it "not being okay to be black here". You are an ignorant dumbass who probably grew up in one of them small towns and don't know nothing about the outside world. And I have a ton of gay friends too…so your "it's not okay to be gay in Iowa" is a crock of shit too. I actually saw that the article was posted on Perez's website by a BLACK GAY MAN in Waterloo. Holy shit I bet you would have never guessed that?!?! STOP TALKIN SHIT ABOUT IOWA FOOL. Peace and Blessings.