Many of you have been outraged by the brazen and brutal attack of one of our nation’s war heroes at the hands of six black teens at a McDonald’s last week.
Sadly, we learned that decorated Marine Christopher Marquez — pictured in the iconic Fallujah photo that inspired the “No Man Left Behind” statues at two Marine Corps bases — was hospitalized this afternoon after a test revealed a “serious head injury.”
Doctors hospitalize Chris Marquez, Marine assaulted in DC. Test reveal serious head injury. The very latest on ABC 7 News at 4.
— Stephen Tschida (@ABC7Stephen) February 18, 2016
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C. police have released surveillance video of the incident and are asking for help in identifying the suspects involved.
Via Marine Corps Times:
Police have released video showing several suspects who may be involved in assaulting and robbing a decorated Marine veteran at a Washington, D.C., McDonald’s last week.
Former Sgt. Christopher Marquez, who earned a Bronze Star with combat “V” in Iraq and helped carry then-1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of Fallujah’s “Hell House,” was mugged by several people Feb. 12 in Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood.
Newly released surveillance footage from the McDonalds shows a black male wearing a tank top hitting Marquez in the head as he leaves the restaurant.
Identified as Person of Interest 1, he and at least one other person can be seen kicking Marquez while the Marine vet is on the ground after people have gone through his pants pockets for valuables.
Police are also looking for a black female identified as Person of Interest 2 and another person identified as Person of Interest 3, whose gender cannot be determined from the surveillance video.
“Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411,” according to a Metropolitan Police Department news release. The case number is CCN #16-022-175.
Watch the surveillance video below:
As The Blaze reported, Marquez, who is Hispanic, told “Fox & Friends” that the attack was a “hate crime” and he believes his skin color made him a target.
“So, we’re seeing a lot of these events of people being attacked because they’re white. And I’m thinking we have to speak up more about this because it’s just going to continue to happen,” he added.
Fox News has more on Marquez’s service record:
Marquez served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2011. He was awarded the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device for valor during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. Marquez is one of two Marines depicted carrying then-1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of the so-called “Hell House” in a famous photograph.
Watch his interview on “Fox & Friends” below:
We pray for Marquez’s full recovery and swift justice brought to the perpetrators.
Not holding our breath on President Obama or Attorney General Lynch — who are usually so quick to concern themselves with interracial incidents and potential “hate” crimes — condemning the actions of these Black Lives Matter followers.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]