A decorated U.S. Marine veteran, whose actions inspired an iconic war memorial, was assaulted from behind shortly after teenagers asked him about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Christopher Marquez was trying to eat a meal at McDonald’s last Friday in Washington, D.C., when a group of teenagers approached him. They asked “Do you believe black lives matter?” before ambushing him. The Bronze Star recipient was knocked unconscious and robbed of $400, a VA medical card, three credit cards and other belongings.
“I remember this group of teens harassing me while I was eating. They surrounded my table and kept on asking me, ‘Do you believe black lives matter?’” Marquez told the Daily Caller on Monday. “Then they started calling me a racist. I can’t recall if they were saying anything else to me at this moment because the blow to my head really screwed up my memory.”
McDonald’s manager DeAnthony Mason told the veteran his fears were confirmed by security footage, the website reported. A teenager wearing a white shirt knocked Marquez unconscious before others swooped in to take his belongings.
The criminals who took Marquez’s money spent it in a liquor store, a Five Guys restaurant and a Walmart, bank transactions showed. Mason said police were already looking for the group for it connection to a separate incident.
“I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color,” Marquez said. “Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the mainstream media refuses to report on it.”