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A 61-year-old man who suffered brutal injuries while defending his partner from an attack on Christmas Eve in the Bronx over just $1 has died in the hospital.
Juan Fresnada was attacked as he walked down the street with his 29-year-old partner, Bayron Caceres, at 1.28am on Christmas Eve.
It is unclear if the attack was a homophobic hate crime, or if the assailants were simply looking to rob the pair but they took $1 from Fresnada.
He was beaten so badly that he suffered swelling to his brain and a fractured skull. Caceres was not seriously injured.
Fresnada was rushed to the hospital but he was pronounced dead on Saturday, four days after the assault.
The NYPD is still looking for the assailants. They have released surveillance footage of the pair in the hope that a member of the public will recognize them and come forward.
The two suspects are both young black males.
On the night of the attack, one was wearing a red head scarf and grey jacket.
Caceres told The New York Daily News this week how Fresnada protected him. He refers to him as his husband but the pair were not legally married.
'My husband tried to defend me. The guy had his fist ready like he was ready to attack me. My husband said, "Don’t you get close to him!"' he said.
Surveillance footage of the attack showed the men brutally beating Fresnada on Christmas Eve
Caceres said he and his husband had just come out of a McDonald's when one of the attackers appeared and demanded money from them.
To try to escape them, they walked into a deli but more men came to join the robbers.
Once they were all in the street, they pummeled Fresnada mercilessly. His husband ran for help but by the time he returned, he had sustained deadly injuries.
'They were beating him for 10 or 15 minutes.
'I went back and found him on the floor. He was breathing heavily and bleeding from his head.
'I tried to give him CPR but then a guy said I should stop because of how heavily he was breathing,' he continued.
This was not a random robbery. This was a targeted hate crime. Why do we continue to spiral downward as a people.I'm finally starting to believe that our people have some type of demonic influences going on. Cause I can't understand the hate, the jealously and killing blacks continue to do to to each other on a daily basis. Its increasing. Something is just not right.
I'm living my best and drama-free life. DESPITE THE HATERS AND THEIR DISRESPECTFUL ANTICS
Happy Kwanzaa to you as well...One
Hell no @mr1stroke
At the OTHER BATTY MAN THAT RESPONDED BACK TO ME WITH MY NAME.
I'M NOT HERE TO STROKING NOBODY'S EGO.
I SPEAK MY OPINIONS BECAUSE IT'S MY OPINION.
TOO MUCH DISRESPECTFUL FAGGOTSCTHAT ARE AGENTS ON THIS PLATFORM . SELAH
All of these AGENTS on this platform love to THROW ANTICS AND THREATS
DON'T BE AN ONLINE THIG, THEY DISAPPEAR TOO...SELAH
No f*****...TELL YOUR MOTHER TO SHUT THE F@#$ IP. AND SHE WAS A BIGGER DUMMY BRINGING YOUR DISRESPECTFUL DUMB RAT ASS INTO THIS WORLD.
I COULD TELL SEX WITH WOMEN IS FAR FROM YOUR AGENDA, YOUR PHOTO SHOWS ME YOU LIKE TO BEND DOWN AND CHOKE ON WOOD.
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