Marine Christopher Marquez was attacked by a group of teenagers who approached his table at a Washington, D.C., McDonald's and asked, "Do black lives matter?"
Christopher told Marine Corps Times that he attempted to ignore the Black Lives Matter question and continue with his meal, but the five teens would not leave him be. They began to shout at Marquez, calling the Marine a racist before they eventually exited the McDonald's.
"The kids were asking me if I think that black lives matter. I was ignoring them, just because I felt intimidated. I felt how they approached me, it was very hostile. I felt they were really trying to intimidate me and just trying to start a confrontation with me."
[caption id="attachment_2803574" align="alignnone" width="670"] Christopher Marquez, pictured left, was one of the faces of an iconic photo of Marines taken at Fallujah. Recently, he was attacked by a group of teens at a McDonald's who asked, 'Do black lives matter?'[Image via Sgt Anthony Kirby | Retrieved from DVIDS | CC by Public Domain][/caption]
It was once Christopher exited to the parking lot that things took a turn for the worse. The young people who had questioned him about the Black Lives Matter movement moments before inside the McDonald's attacked him outside, says Marquez, leaving the Marine unconscious after a direct hit to the back of his head.
"I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color. Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the main stream media refuses to report on it."
The Marine awoke to find that his wallet -- containing $400, multiple credit cards, and various forms of identification -- had been stolen. Christopher eventually made his own out of the McDonald's parking lot and found a cab driver to transport him to his apartment, where he was able to contact local authorities and receive medical attention. At George Washington Hospital, documents show that Marquez was treated for head trauma and an eye contusion caused by his Black Lives Matter-touting attackers.
The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the McDonald's Black Lives Matter case, although no official details are available at this time. In terms of immediate evidence, Christopher offered credit card statements showing that $115 had been charged to a liquor store, Five Guys, and a local Walmart following the incident. Additionally, security footage from the fast food restaurant reviewed by manager DeAnthony Mason reportedly captured the assault on Marine Marquez.
Speaking with Daily Caller, Christopher anticipated little response from mainstream media due to the politicized nature of the Black Lives Matter link with his attack. As of the writing of this article, there are 21 articles in Google News about what happened to Marquez, most of which are from military or right-leaning news sources. The Marine argued that the interruption to his McDonald's meal and the subsequent response was directly related to his race.
"I believe this was a hate crime and I was targeted because of my skin color. Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the main stream media refuses to report on it... When I was in the Marine Corps, I served with people from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and races. Like all Marines, I fought for the freedom of all Americans and not just one particular group."
Marine Christopher Marquez warned that he felt the group who confronted him about Black Lives Matter was "dangerous" and "will do this type of thing again if they are not caught." As of yet, no one has been arrested in relation to the Washington, D.C., McDonald's attack.
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