White, who is gay, suffered life-threatening injuries during a Grindr date gone wrong Saturday and has been fighting for his life at Lafayette General Medical Center ever since.
He is still in the intensive care unit but is in good spirits. White suffered traumatic injuries Saturday at a residence in the block of Maryview Farm Road.
His injuries include stab wounds to the neck, strangulation wounds, blunt force trauma to the back of the head and cuts so deep into his wrists that his hands were nearly severed, according to the family. Lafayette Police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Griffin said the attack is not being classified as a hate crime and said evidence points to other motives.
"i remember thinking, 'well, this is it.'"
Hate crimes, which are often violent, are those motivated by prejudice because of race, religion, sexual orientation or other specific criteria. Editor's note: This story includes details of a violent crime and may not be suitable for all readers. There has been an overwhelming amount of support for White and his family, Roussel said.
The two men attended Kaplan High together, were in the school band and worked on school musicals together, bonding as two of the few openly gay young men at the school, Suire said. The year-old said the horrific details brought to mind past attacks against gay men and the violence the LGBTQ community has historically faced, and he felt like his community was under attack, whether Seneca intended to inspire fear or not.
"he chose to do something to someone who's gay and proud about his sexuality."
The use of the app Grindr, which is geared toward gay and bisexual men, indicates Seneca may have intended to harm a gay man. They believe Seneca attacked White because of his sexual orientation. Those facets should all be considered, she said.
She said she was shocked and confused when she learned the details, struggling with the knowledge this happened in the Acadiana area and not in a horror film. People with gender identities and sexualities considered outside the heterosexual, cisgender norm are still targeted and made to feel less than or ashamed, she said.
Now that White is awake and able to speak, though with some limitations due to his injuries, his family said they will take a step back from discussing the specifics of the case and their views on the motive behind the attack. Katie Gagliano at kgagliano theadvocate. Edit Close. Toggle. Holden White. Family seeks justice for gay LSUE student in critical condition; police say it wasn't hate crime.
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