Mallory Owens is recovering at USA Medical Center in Mobile from what her family is calling a brutal hate crime.
"He tried to kill her. He's lucky he didn't kill her. She's lucky to be alive," her mother Kristi Taylor said. "I didn't recognize her when I got here. It's hard to look at her like that," she cried.
The twenty-three year old was celebrating Thanksgiving at her girlfriend's house in Mobile Thursday night, when her mother says her girlfriend's brother attacked her, just for being gay.
"She was invited over by the family to eat Thanksgiving. I did not want her to go, I begged her not to go, knowing how the family felt about her. But she said, 'They're trying to be nice.'"
Mallory's mother says this isn't the first time he's attacked her. Earlier this year, family members tell News 5 that Travis Hawkins Jr. hit Mallory over the head with a pipe wrench. She was injured, but the family did not pursue charges after that incident.
This time, she was beaten so badly that she's almost unrecognizable. She had to have facial reconstruction surgery, with metal plates put in her cheek bones. Her sister Avery has been by her side ever since.
"I want him behind bars for life," said Avery Godwin. "He doesn't need to be out, because if he does he could do this to someone else or he'll finish it off with my sister."
Her accused attacker is 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr. He was arrested Sunday on the second degree assault charges. He bonded out soon after.
Mobile's District Attorney met with police investigators first thing Monday morning. "We've got this," said D.A. Ashley Rich. "We're on top of this, and we're making sure that the case is proceeding down the criminal path." Rich says she has no reason to call it a hate crime at this point in the investigation.
"We are assessing her injuries, everything regarding her hospital stay. But at this time, he is charged with causing serious physical injuries to her, which is assault second degree under the laws of the State of Alabama."
Not a hate crime? How in the hell can something like this, whihc seems to have NO provocation other than the sexual identity of the victim, be called anything but?
|Mallory Owens after attack. Photo courtesy of the New Civil Right Movement.|
If this had been my daughter than prison would be the ONLY safe place for him to be, I can promise you that.
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