Pos­si­ble anti-gay an­gle to New Year’s Eve stab­bing

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At­lanta po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the 19-year-old man ac­cused of stab­bing five peo­ple at a New Year’s Eve party in the At­lanta neigh­bor­hood of Reynold­stown may have been the tar­get of an anti-gay slur dur­ing a con­fronta­tion at the late-night cel­e­bra­tion.

The sus­pect is iden­ti­fied by At­lanta po­lice as Luke O’Dono­van. The stab­bing oc­curred some­time af­ter 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day at 239 Gib­son St., At­lanta Po­lice De­part­ment Spokesper­son Car­los Cam­pos told GA Voice.

In to­tal, six were in­jured, in­clud­ing O’Dono­van. Sev­eral of the vic­tims were trans­ported to lo­cal hos­pi­tals, Cam­pos added.

“We have re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that the in­ci­dent was pos­si­bly pre­ceded by a gay slur di­rected to­wards the ar­restee,” Cam­pos said. “We are not sure if the in­for­ma­tion is cred­i­ble, but are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and will pur­sue this and any other leads. It should be noted, how­ever, that of­fi­cers ar­rested a man iden­ti­fied as stab­bing five peo­ple. It will be up to the ju­di­cial sys­tem to de­ter­mine if there were any mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors prior to the stab­bings.”

Car­los said the APD’s LGBT li­ai­son of­fi­cers have been made aware of the in­ci­dent and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Zone 6 in­ves­ti­ga­tors at 404-373-5331/5332.

O’Dono­van is cur­rently in cus­tody at the Ful­ton County Jail and is fac­ing five charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault.

An anony­mous press re­lease, sent by a group de­scrib­ing it­self as O’Dono­van’s sup­port­ers, claimed he was at­tacked by a mob af­ter he was seen danc­ing and kiss­ing other men and that O’Dono­van was act­ing in self de­fense when oth­ers were stabbed.

At press time Jan. 2, Luke O’Dono­van was in jail with­out bond. (Mugshot)

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