Possible Hate Crime May Be Related To Trayvon Case

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(Gainesville, FL) Police in Gainesville, FL are investigating the attack of a white man by a group of black males and whether it may be related to the Trayvon Martin case.

Related: Trayvon Martin Case

The 27-year-old Gainesville man was walking home from a bar early Tuesday morning when he said he was jumped by five to eight men who yelled “Trayvon” before the attack.

“We do believe that the crime was racially motivated,” Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said.

She said the victim’s injuries were consistent with being jumped by a group.

The said he was beaten for five minutes.

He had injuries to his left eye, abrasions to his palms and a cut on his right knee cap. Valuri said he would likely have permanent damage to the left side of his face.

No arrests have been made.