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Proctor Rally Supports Gay Victim of Alleged Assault
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
Monday, May 28, 2012 - 8:15pm
PROCTOR - More than 100 people joined together Monday to show support for a man who said he was the victim of an alleged attack Saturday night in New Independence that was driven by his sexual orientation.
The victim, 21-year-old Max Pelofske, did not attend the rally, but his mother was there and said "thank you" to the crowd for their support.
She said the wounds that brought her son to the hospital were healing but that the emotional impacts were much harder to get over.
"I just hope people wake up and realize that there's nothing good that comes out of beating up somebody because they're different," rally organizer Adeline Wright said.
Community members stood together to show support for Pelofske, and said it was a step towards healing. "It makes you feel like there's hope things are going to be a little better," Pelofske's mother, Kathy Callahan said about the rally. "Everything's been really overwhelming for him especially with the contradicting stories."
Those contradictory stories came from others who said the alleged assault was not based on hate and that Pelofske was fighting, too.
While two men are being held at the St. Louis County Jail pending formal charges, the mother of one of the suspects contacted FOX 21 and said: "This was not a hate crime. Randy is being charged with a fourth degree assault for pushing him. It is automatically a felony because Max said it was a hate crime. Time and court will tell the truth."
With the investigation continuing and questions left unanswered, the rally Monday continued to push for a broader sense of equality.
"We're not here to retaliate against the people who did it; it's specifically to bring awareness to the situation," rally organizer Rachael Kilgour said.
"We just at the very least wanted him to know and anyone else to know that we're not going to stand for the hatred and violence that occurs in our community," Wright said.
Due to the holiday Monday, the statuses of the pending charges are expected to be updated Tuesday.