So much for tolerance…SMH
Mallory Owens is recovering at USA Medical Center in Mobile from what her family is calling a brutal hate crime.
“He tried to kill her. He’s lucky he didn’t kill her. She’s lucky to be alive,” her mother Kristi Taylor said. “I didn’t recognize her when I got here. It’s hard to look at her like that,” she cried.
The twenty-three year old was celebrating Thanksgiving at her girlfriend’s house in Mobile Thursday night, when her mother says her girlfriend’s brother attacked her, just for being gay.
“She was invited over by the family to eat Thanksgiving. I did not want her to go, I begged her not to go, knowing how the family felt about her. But she said, ‘They’re trying to be nice.'”
Mallory’s mother says this isn’t the first time he’s attacked her. Earlier this year, family members tell News 5 that Travis Hawkins Jr. hit Mallory over the head with a pipe wrench. She was injured, but the family did not pursue charges after that incident.
CotDAMN! A PIPE WRENCH?!?! Sheesh…
This time, she was beaten so badly that she’s almost unrecognizable. She had to have facial reconstruction surgery, with metal plates put in her cheek bones. Her sister Avery has been by her side ever since.
“I want him behind bars for life,” said Avery Godwin. “He doesn’t need to be out, because if he does he could do this to someone else or he’ll finish it off with my sister.”
At this time, Travis is only being charged with 2nd degree assault, but his family history might just help that charge get bumped up to something a little more severe.
Unfortunately, the District Attorney is familiar with the Hawkins family. Ashley Rich actually tried to prosecute the defendant’s father, Travis Hawkins Sr., in January 2011, after he shot his son, Hawkins Jr. Since the son refused to testify, she was unable to pursue the case further.
White folks can be ratchet too.
Sadly, Mallory does not have health insurance and her hospital bill is going to be sky-high, if you’d like to donate money to help the family, there is a fund set up in Mallory Owens name at any Regions Bank.
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