Fran McGlinn, a Philadelphia assistant coach, was fired from Archbishop Wood High School after his alleged role in an assault on a gay couple.
According to Philly.com, police were after those who were involved in the attack on a gay couple, which happened last Thursday. The two victims are two unidentified males; 27-years-old and 28-years-old. It's said that the couple were brutally beaten in Center City.
McGlinn has been identified as one of those men allegedly involved in the hate crime. Initially, the assistant basketball coach was on a contract basis, but now, he has been fired due to his involvement.
A spokesperson from the Archdiocese said of the coach's possible involvement in the crime, and his immediate firing.
"He was terminated this evening and will not be permitted to coach in any archdiocesan school. We expect all those who work with students in our schools to model appropriate Christian behavior at all times."
Witnesses on the scene said the group viciously attacked the two men after asking if they were a couple. Once they admitted to being a couple, that's when the group cornered in on them and started a violent attack while yelling homophobic slurs at the two men. One man sustained injuries so severe that his jaw is wired shut.
The gay couple suffered wounds to the face and chest as others from the group watched. As of right now, it's not yet known what kind of role McGlinn had in the attack, but according to witnesses, he was present.
So far, there are over 12 twenty-something suspects connected to this crime, and currently, police are preparing to arrest those suspects.
Suspect descriptions on the assault and robbery video are detailed as, "a group of fifteen white males and females in their early twenties, clean cut and well dressed."
It's being reported that there are claims the gay couple started the fight.
According to one defense lawyer, one man threw the first punch, which resulted in the beating. It's said the unreleased footage of the crime will take on a different narrative than a gay bashing.
As expected, the story is quickly gaining traction on social media.
@JoCiavaglia dosn't justify the beatings #IMO #iftrue
— Jim McGory (@gijimUSMC) September 18, 2014
@tonymerevick @BuzzFeedLGBT What a shocker, we in the LGBTQAI comm. are marginalized despite perceived progress. Hoping for a resolution.
— Matt Zugenbuehler (@okbetweenlines) September 18, 2014
@PhillyDailyNews @Vellastrations "hate crime does not include sexual orientation?" Who writes these laws?
— Gregg Marzano (@TweetsFromMarz) September 18, 2014
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