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January 14, 1993 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lying on a bed in a hospital intensive care unit, Loc Minh Truong fidgeted restlessly. " Sao dau qua vay ? (Why does it hurt so much?)" he asked in Vietnamese to no one in particular as he touched his swollen, battered face. " Cai nay la cai gi? (What is this?)" he continued in a slurring voice, tugging on the feeding tube leading to his nose.
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March 15, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County Superior Court jury on Tuesday awarded $1.1 million to a 57-year-old man nearly beaten to death by a group of young men in one of Orange County's most notorious hate crimes. Two men convicted of assaulting Loc Minh Truong in 1993 because they thought he was gay financially were held liable for battery and civil rights violations. A third young man, a former police Explorer who was with the other two the night of the attack but was never arrested, was found liable for negligence.
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January 16, 1993 | LILY DIZON
The family of the victim of what police described as a gay-bashing incident in Laguna Beach set up a trust fund Friday to help finance his hospital expenses. Loc Minh Truong, 55, of Costa Mesa was beaten Jan. 9 by a group of young men who apparently thought he was gay, police said. Truong was in critical condition Friday at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. Two men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with the beating.
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January 16, 1994
Jeffrey Michael Raines' statement to the court, prior to his sentencing for beating Loc Minh Truong nearly to death because he thought Truong was gay, is a perfect example of one major contradiction expressed in the Catholic and fundamentalist Christian religious teachings. Raines stated that the Catholic Church taught him to love all those around him and "that's how I'm going to be the rest of my life." This is indeed a great challenge to the faithful whose religious leaders preach the "love one another" message of Christ and in the next breath condemn homosexuals as deviants deserving of God's wrath and ours as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1993
I have spent the last two years in Berlin, Germany, and have witnessed the violent, fiery and sometimes fatal attacks on foreigners there with horror and despair. Imagine my dismay upon returning home to find the same kind of hatred, ignorance and intolerance in my own hometown--a city widely known for its tolerance. It is my hope that the young men who beat Loc Minh Truong within inches of his life for no real reason are sufficiently punished. It is important that the police, prosecutors and judges involved in this case realize that a message will be sent through the legal outcome of this incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1993
A San Clemente High School student pleaded not guilty Monday in Orange County Superior Court to charges stemming from the beating of a 53-year-old man, an incident authorities have characterized as a hate crime. Jeff Michael Raines, 18, pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Jan. 9 attack on Loc Minh Truong in Laguna Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1994
Jeffrey Michael Raines' statement to the court, prior to his sentencing for beating Loc Minh Truong nearly to death because he thought Truong was gay, is a perfect example of one major contradiction expressed in the Catholic and fundamentalist Christian religious teachings. Raines stated that the Catholic Church taught him to love all those around him and "that's how I'm going to be the rest of my life." This is indeed a great challenge to the faithful whose religious leaders preach the "love one another" message of Christ and in the next breath condemn homosexuals as deviants deserving of God's wrath and ours as well.
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January 12, 1993 | LILY DIZON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Angry and grieved, family members struggled Monday to come to terms with what had happened to Loc Minh Truong in their adopted homeland. "I know we live in a country where violence happens every day, people get beat up all the time," said Quat Truong, 35, the victim's nephew. "Still, you cannot believe how shocked I am that this happened to Loc." Loc Minh Truong's older sister, Ly Truong, had visited him at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo Monday morning.
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January 22, 1993 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old San Clemente High School student pleaded not guilty Thursday in Municipal Court here to charges that he beat up and attempted to kill a man during an alleged gay-bashing. Jeff Michael Raines also pleaded not guilty to inflicting great bodily injury and committing a hate crime. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 2. Raines was one of three young men arrested Jan. 9 in connection with the beating of Loc Minh Truong, 55, of Costa Mesa.
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February 10, 1993 | LILY DIZON
A 22-year-old San Clemente man pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his arraignment on charges of assaulting a man during what authorities claim was a gay bashing. Christopher Michael Cribbins was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and committing a hate crime in the Jan. 9 beating of Loc Minh Truong, 55, of Costa Mesa. Truong was beaten and left on a rocky stretch of Laguna Beach near three gay bars. If convicted, Cribbins faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1993
A San Clemente High School student pleaded not guilty Monday in Orange County Superior Court to charges stemming from the beating of a 53-year-old man, an incident authorities have characterized as a hate crime. Jeff Michael Raines, 18, pleaded not guilty to all charges in the Jan. 9 attack on Loc Minh Truong in Laguna Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1993 | LILY DIZON
A 22-year-old San Clemente man pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his arraignment on charges of assaulting a man during what authorities claim was a gay bashing. Christopher Michael Cribbins was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and committing a hate crime in the Jan. 9 beating of Loc Minh Truong, 55, of Costa Mesa. Truong was beaten and left on a rocky stretch of Laguna Beach near three gay bars. If convicted, Cribbins faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1993
I have spent the last two years in Berlin, Germany, and have witnessed the violent, fiery and sometimes fatal attacks on foreigners there with horror and despair. Imagine my dismay upon returning home to find the same kind of hatred, ignorance and intolerance in my own hometown--a city widely known for its tolerance. It is my hope that the young men who beat Loc Minh Truong within inches of his life for no real reason are sufficiently punished. It is important that the police, prosecutors and judges involved in this case realize that a message will be sent through the legal outcome of this incident.
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January 22, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Responding to the nearly fatal beating of a 55-year-old man in Laguna Beach, Capistrano Unified School District Supt. James A. Fleming is calling for a greater effort to "sensitize our young people to the richness of diversity." Police say the attack earlier this month against Loc Minh Truong near three gay bars occurred because his assailants believed that he was a homosexual. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged hate crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1993 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old San Clemente High School student pleaded not guilty Thursday in Municipal Court here to charges that he beat up and attempted to kill a man during an alleged gay-bashing. Jeff Michael Raines also pleaded not guilty to inflicting great bodily injury and committing a hate crime. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing Feb. 2. Raines was one of three young men arrested Jan. 9 in connection with the beating of Loc Minh Truong, 55, of Costa Mesa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1993 | LILY DIZON
The family of the victim of what police described as a gay-bashing incident in Laguna Beach set up a trust fund Friday to help finance his hospital expenses. Loc Minh Truong, 55, of Costa Mesa was beaten Jan. 9 by a group of young men who apparently thought he was gay, police said. Truong was in critical condition Friday at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. Two men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with the beating.
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January 12, 1993 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laguna Beach police arrested two additional suspects Monday in what they described as a gay-bashing and released the identity of the still-unconscious victim, a 55-year-old Vietnamese immigrant. Christopher Michael Cribbins, 22, of San Clemente has been arrested on suspicion of assault with great bodily harm and violating the city's hate crime law, police said.
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January 22, 1993 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Responding to the nearly fatal beating of a 55-year-old man in Laguna Beach, Capistrano Unified School District Supt. James A. Fleming is calling for a greater effort to "sensitize our young people to the richness of diversity." Police say the attack earlier this month against Loc Minh Truong near three gay bars occurred because his assailants believed that he was a homosexual. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the alleged hate crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lying on a bed in a hospital intensive care unit, Loc Minh Truong fidgeted restlessly. " Sao dau qua vay ? (Why does it hurt so much?)" he asked in Vietnamese to no one in particular as he touched his swollen, battered face. " Cai nay la cai gi? (What is this?)" he continued in a slurring voice, tugging on the feeding tube leading to his nose.
NEWS
January 12, 1993 | LILY DIZON and LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Angry and grieved, family members struggled Monday to come to terms with what had happened to Loc Minh Truong in their adopted homeland. "I know we live in a country where violence happens every day, people get beat up all the time," said Quat Truong, 35, the victim's nephew. "Still, you cannot believe how shocked I am that this happened to Loc." Loc Minh Truong's older sister, Ly Truong, had visited him at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo Monday morning.
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