A Marine veteran who received a Bronze Star for valor after serving in the Iraq war was attacked, beaten and robbed by a five teens in the parking lot of McDonald's last week.
Christopher Marquez was eating in a McDonald's when a group of teens began to verbally harass the Marine veteran. According to reports, the teens surrounded his table and began asking him: ‘Do you believe black lives matter?’
When Marquez ignored the teens, they then began shouting at him calling the veteran a racist.
“I remember this group of teens harassing me while I was eating, they surrounded my table and kept on asking me ‘Do you believe black lives matter?’” Marquez told the Daily Caller. “Then they started calling me a racist. I can’t recall if they were saying anything else to me at this moment because the blow to my head really screwed up my memory.”
After leaving the restaurant, Marquez allegedly sustained a blow to the back of his head, which knocked him unconscious.
When the Marine veteran regained consciousness, he found his pants ripped and his wallet, which contained $400, three credit cards, his VA medical card, school identification, metro card and driver’s license, missing.
Security footage showed one of the teens coming up behind the veteran, striking him on the side of the head and knocking him unconscious. The rest of the group then surrounded Marquez and robbed him.
“I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color,” Marquez told The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF). “Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the main stream media refuses to report on it.”
Washington D.C. Metro PD is now investigating the incident and looking for five suspects between the ages of 16 and 21.
Marquez served eight years active duty in the Marines as a Rifleman and Scout Sniper and received the Bronze Star for valor during his first deployment. Marquez carried the body of his slain team leader from combat following an ambush during the Battle of Fallujah, for which he received the award.
He was also involved in the infamous “Hell House” fire fight in Fallujah. In November 2004, an embedded photographer captured one of the most memorable battlefield images of the U.S. war in Iraq.
The LA Times wrote: “Marine 1st-Sgt. Brad Kasal, bloodied but unbowed, was being helped from house-to-house fighting in Fallouja by lance corporals Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer. In one hand, Kasal gripped his 9-millimeter Beretta, in the other, his K-bar knife.”
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