A gay man living in St. John’s, N.L., Pattrick Blackburn was viciously beaten and robbed after which he decided to raise his voice, in effort of which he recorded a video upload on the internet showing his forehead and nose covered in bandages. While adjusting his eye-patch, Blackburn spoke to the webcam, stating that “just making a quick video,” as “I’m sure most people know what happened.”
In the video posted on YouTube, Blackburn narrates about the last thing he remembers before waking up in a hospital bed last week. He stated that “I heard a bunch of people behind me calling me a fag,” but “it didn’t bother me, so I just kept walking. I heard footsteps.” Blackburn was targeted viciously, and allegedly “left for dead” after being beaten and robbed. However, he was later discovered by a passerby who called emergency services. Blackburn is now suffering from 18 stitches, damage to his right eye and had to receive a blood transfusion.
In the video, Blackburn quoted his nurse telling him that if he had arrived a little while later, he likely wouldn’t have survived. He alleged that “it’s really scary when somebody tells you that if you weren’t found 10 minutes before, you would’ve bled out and died.” Chair of St. John’s Pride, Noah Davis-Power, commented on the incident stating that “I’ve always thought of St. John’s and Newfoundland as a whole to be pretty safe from that.” He confessed that “you have ignorant people like anywhere does, but there’s never been any violence to such a degree towards our community.”
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