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Friday, August 12, 2011

Younger Lovers Members Brontez Purnell and Adal Castellon Allegedly Assaulted for Being Gay

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM

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Brontez Purnell and Adal Castellon, members of Oakland outfit the Younger Lovers, were assaulted outside Oakland's Club Para Diso Wednesday night, allegedly for being gay.

The two were leaving the club at about 2 a.m. when they were approached by two other men shouting gay slurs at them. When they started to leave, things got violent, the Bay Citizen reported:

As Purnell and Castellon were unlocking their bikes, the pair approached them, shouting gay slurs and telling them that "if they were in Jamaica they'd be dead," according to Purnell.

Purnell yelled back, "How dare you?" As he rode past them, one of them hit him on the head, knocking him from his bike. He swung his bike lock at them. Meanwhile, one of the men hit Castellon in the face. The assailants and two women, who had witnessed the attack, then got in a black Porsche Cayenne SUV.

Purnell threw his bike lock at the car in an attempt to stop them, but they drove away.

The violence shocked Purnell, a longtime Oakland resident.

"[The attackers] were so arrogant," he said, "They were saying I was in the wrong club. I've been going to that club since I was 22 ... Nothing bad has happened to me here. Especially not like that."

Purnell suffered minor injuries, but Castellon suffered facial fractures and will require surgery.

[The Bay Citizen]

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