Atlanta Queer Defends Himself from Mob Violence

It has been reported in the press that Luke O'Donovan, 19, went on a "stabbing rampage" at a New Year's Eve party in Reynoldstown, a neighborhood in Atlanta, GA. This is not accurate. The events that occurred were the result of Luke O'Donovan desperately defending himself against a clear act of queer-bashing that included Luke being stabbed in the back.

Some facts of the situation remain unclear, but the events that have been reported thus far are inaccurate. Narratives have described Luke O'Donovan, 19, as having returned to a house party that he had been kicked out of. The reports state that Luke returned with a knife and stabbed one person, and then 4 others who attempted to subdue Luke.

As multiple witnesses have testified and will testify, Luke was never kicked out of the party and did not leave. He remained at the house where the party was occurring up until the incident. This basic fact, and the fact that it has been misrepresented, changes the story as it has been reported thus far. Luke is being portrayed as having gone on a nearly unfounded "stabbing rampage" comparable to recent mass killings. This is false. Luke did not go to the party intending to initiate conflict with anyone. Just fifteen minutes before the fight, Luke was present in the living room of the house, having a pleasant and friendly conversation with other people at the party.

Although the exact sequence of events is unknown at this point, it is clear that Luke was attacked by several people at one time and retaliated in self-defense in an attempt to escape the attack. Several witnesses have reported watching between 15 and 20 men mobbing up on Luke and stomping on his head and body with the intent to kill him. The people who were stabbed during the conflict were not attempting to end the fight with Luke. The altercation was never limited to Luke and one other person, but involved several people mobbing up on him.

The motivations of the attack on Luke seem to originate in the fact that he had been seen dancing with and kissing other men earlier at the party. Luke was repeatedly insulted with homophobic slurs throughout the night. The men who attacked Luke are known to have exhibited homophobic language and behavior in the past. Luke was called a faggot during the fight. This provides clear evidence that the attack on Luke was in some way motivated by homophobia and perpetrated by multiple men while Luke was alone.

Luke is currently the only person involved in the fight who is in jail. We do not support the prison industrial complex, talking to the police, or snitching. We do not believe that the other side of the fight should be imprisoned, but rather that the incident should be resolved outside of the institutions of the State.

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Luke Patrick O'Donovan
901 Rice Street
Atlanta, GA 30318-4938

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The fact that he's the only one in prison demonstrates starkly the fact that the assailants share the same ideology as the state institution that is now "housing" the victim.

It's essentally the same as what took place in Birmingham, Alabama, during the rise of the African American civil rights movement.

Nothing different can realistically be expected within a culture that was founded upon genocide: that is, the holocaust of the American Indian. Until those "reperations" are made, Euro-society in the U.S. is one of a serious pathology, and will not change of its own accord.

This story should not surprise anyone.

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It sounds like those guys might have found any biggotted reason to attack someone. A queer under attack who defends himself, is a hero and the victims are all those ppl who stood by and did nothing cuz they have to live with their weekness forever. 


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Agrees with 10:23am 
Make any info you have on these fascists public.

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Someone should publish the faces and names of all homophobes involved, preferably with information about where they live and hang out. They are clearly a danger to the queer and radical communities, which need to be able to defend themselves. Publicly identifying which murderous fascists live among us is probably a good first step. I'm sure others have already thought of this but I wanted to put it out there.

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"Seconds later Luke runs across the street and gets assaulted by a crowd of people. He was beaten, kicked, and thrown into a car by what had to be about 10 people."

"hopefully Luke will learn to better conduct himself in situations like these."

These seem like wildly incongruent statements.

And obviously it's the homophobic (yes, homophobic! they were calling him a f-ggot the whole time after he had just been making out with another male--and it is these words and attitudes which initiated the altercation) assholes who started the whole fight and mobbed up on him that have a lesson to learn. Way to excuse away a hate crime and condemn the victim for not being completely passive.

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Andrew and his friends are notorious for starting fights at parties. They are violent, chauvanistic and juvenile. If it weren't for the legal vulnerability it would now put them in, any of their peripheral friends would grin and say "duh" to this character description. These kids display hateful macho attitudes and are ready to hiss "f-ggot" at someone as the most serious insult, as they did to Luke that night. Do you really think homophobic hate wasn't fueling their violence?

Although I was not there that night, I can only imagine how it could have escalated with such terrible people involved.

I don't buy all of the prior poster's claims, based on other sober accounts, but even if it was the case, these kids have been asking for it for a long time. I believe in anti-fascist action. And not all fascists have elaborate ideologies and clear political allegiances, some of them are just brutally stupid homophobes with skateboards and shitty attitudes.

Half-truths and sensationalism

This article is not completely truthful and is sensationalizing the actual events that took place. I was there at the party with my girlfriend who is friends with a lot of the people who put it on and I would first like to say that there was no homophobic crowd present. A lot of the people there including the DJ were gay.

After the cops came to shut it down for a noise complaint everyone started to drunkenly trickle outside. I saw Luke and another male arguing and being aggressive as if they were going to fight. The other male's sister was ferociously trying to get at Luke saying that he did something to her brother. I actually got between them and tried to calm the girl down. Seconds later Luke runs across the street and gets assaulted by a crowd of people. He was beaten, kicked, and thrown into a car by what had to be about 10 people.

I stood and watched as Luke, beaten and bloody, escaped the angry mob. He even brushed past me getting his blood on my hand. He disappeared in the parking lot of Home Grown. If Luke would have gotten in his car and gone home he would not be in jail.

Luke instead returned to the scene of his assault and took out revenge on some of the people responsible. Luke did not stab anyone in self defence and there was no gay bashing going on. People were very drunk and at the point of delirious violence. Luke had the chance to leave but he lost control and started maliciously stabbing people. Luckily no one lost there life due to this and hopefully Luke will learn to better conduct himself in situations like these.




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I am SO glad Luke has you all for friends. Much love <3 Melissa

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