An East Bay couple said they have no doubt the brutal attack they endured Sunday afternoon after San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade was a hate crime.
Jen and Jakkie, who both refused to provide their last names, said they were walking to a BART station near Mission and Ninth streets when they heard a homophobic slur. A handful of men then jumped on Jen.
"I held my head and I curled up into a little ball," Jen said. "And I tried to protect my face, my head as best I could."
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Jakkie said when she tried to stop the attack, the suspects kicked her arm so hard it broke her wrist.
"There were too many people kicking her at that point in time," Jakkie said.
The couple said at least six men participated in a beating they felt would never end.
"I thought I was going to die," Jen said. "They were total strangers. And how could they have so much hate toward me and I don't even know them?"
San Francisco police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime and are asking for anyone in the area who witnessed the beating to come forward. Police are also looking for video from the area.
Meanwhile, both Jen and Jakkie are still in shock the incident could happen in a city like San Francisco. They hope the suspects are caught.
"If someone did know anything about this, it'd be very helpful," Jen said. "Because otherwise, if it's not us, it could be someone else."