Police are still searching for the man responsible for choking, stabbing and writing homophobic slurs on a Tacoma woman early last Sunday.
A 45-year-old woman was searching for her dog that ran out of her house around 3 a.m. Sunday and was followed into an alley by a man yelling homophobic slurs while attacking her. Her roommate, Gretchen Mottet, said she refuses to come out of the house.
“She can’t fathom this would happen to anyone let alone to herself,” Mottet said. “It’s so wrong that anyone could have that level of hate towards another person.”
According to spokeswoman Loretta Cool, the woman is recovering from stab wounds to her arm, chest and thigh.
“Community leaders came together to talk about what our response was going to be, how we were going to support this survivor together, and how we were going to come together as a community to say ‘no’ to this kind of hate crime in our community and what actions we were going to take so this doesn’t happen again,” Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello said.
On Saturday, February 14, the community leaders of Oasis Youth Center and Rainbow Center hosted a forum in response to the hate crime. It was held at the Oasis and Rainbow Center building, 2215 Pacific Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon. The forum said it would “provide a safe place for community members to offer messages of support to the person affected, engage in healing dialogue and hear information from local leaders and resource providers.” The forum was co-hosted by State Representative Laurie Jinkins (27th LD), Tacoma City Councilmembers Marty Campbell and Ryan Mello, and Tacoma School Board Director .
Both Oasis Youth Center and Tacoma Rainbow Center are part of the Pierce County Crime Victim Service Center and offer specialized support to victims and survivors of assault, hate crimes, attempted homicide, and other violent crimes. For more information, visit oasisyouthcenter.org and rainbowcntr.org.