Arrest made in brutal attack of man suspects believed to be gay

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An arrest has been made in a brutal beating of a 19-year-old boy his attackers thought might be gay.

Deario Larry, 22, was charged with aggravated assault after he not only beat the young man but also recorded it.

The arrest comes nearly nine months after the gut-wrenching video surfaced on Facebook.

WREG's Shay Arthur spoke with the victim's mother who is grateful for the detectives in this case.

"I just wanna really thank Memphis Police and Tillman Station for diligently working," said Erica Shead.

Shead didn't want to show her face when we spoke Monday and said her son is trying to recover.

According to an affidavit, Larry invited the victim to play XBOX at his house when some 15 people started attacking him at National and Lamphier in the Highland Heights neighborhood.

"They were saying he was gay," said Shead. "It was a hate crime."

Shead believed her son was attacked when he was attempting to visit his child.

She told Arthur for the most part her son has recovered, but still has frequent headaches after he was kicked and punched multiple times.

"He suffered a concussion, multiple contusions, you know, bruising."

One arrest in the case was made in March but since then Shead hasn't heard much.

"They were found also because they posted that video on Facebook. Thank you for being dumb criminals."

While she's thankful Larry is off the street, she said others involved need to be held accountable as well.

"I just hope that in the coming months more arrests are made, and they get everybody who is responsible."

WREG has learned Larry also had a warrant out for theft charges.

His bond was set at $80,000.

We reached out to police to see how many other people are still wanted, but haven't heard back.