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Massachusetts Men Arrested for Possible Hate Crime

Written By: Tracy N. April 14, 2009 No Comment

justin_goodwinx390ADVOCATE.COM REPORTS — Two men were arrested Monday in Gloucester, Mass., for attacking a gay man in what he believes was a hate crime.

The suspects are brothers Jonathan and William Chadwick, ages 23 and 21, respectively. Police charged them with aggravated assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the beating of Justin Goodwin, 33, of Salem.

Goodwin was attacked early Saturday morning outside Old Timer’s Tavern in Gloucester. He underwent 10 hours of surgery on Sunday for severe head trauma and currently has no sight in his right eye or hearing in his right ear, the Boston Globe reported.

A close friend who communicated with Goodwin through written notes said he told her the attack was “most definitely” a gay bashing.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.

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