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Toronto assault sufferer experiencing evening terrors, ache as allegations swirl about CFL participant’s involvement

A CFL participant going through accusations linked to a homophobic assault on Toronto Island this previous weekend is staying silent for now.

Social media allegations are swirling that one of many individuals concerned was Redblacks defensive linemen Chris Larsen, who has now been suspended by the workforce. CTV Information Toronto has requested remark from Larsen straight.

“As that is formally a police matter, neither the participant nor the group can converse to it additional,” mentioned Chris Hofley, communications supervisor with Ottawa Sports activities and Leisure Group in an e-mail to CTV Information Toronto Thursday.

Photographs shared with CTV Information Toronto present among the accidents suffered by David Gomez, 24. He has bandages on his face and again. Good friend Cianan Liburd mentioned he had surgical procedure for each.

“I’m in loads of ache. I’m scared to go away my residence,” Gomez mentioned, talking with CTV Information Toronto. “It’s been a number of days since. I solely go to and from the hospital now.”

Gomez mentioned he’s now utilizing a cane and has evening terrors, however the neighborhood has been ‘tremendous supportive’ and that half has been very nice.

Mark Goudie, CEO of the Redblacks dad or mum firm earlier issued a prolonged assertion saying partially: “Variety and inclusion are central to our organizational values, and we’ll strive our greatest to make use of our platform to assist make acts of hatred and violence together with homophobia, cease.”

The Canadian Soccer League additionally mentioned in a press release, “we wish to reaffirm our values: we condemn homophobia, violence and hate. We help inclusivity and variety.”

Toronto police mentioned the assault occurred on the ferry docks close to Hanlan’s Level round 11:30 p.m. on June. 5.

They mentioned the sufferer and one other girl acquired in an disagreement with a bunch of individuals, certainly one of whom made homophobic feedback. Two males then assaulted Gomez.

Toronto police mentioned the hate crime unit is helping investigators.

Police statistics present sexual orientation made up eight per cent of hate crime victimization in 2018, as much as 13 per cent in 2019. Within the LGBTQ2S+ class, 11 per cent in 2020.

Police mentioned they don’t seem to be seeing a major improve in hate crimes concentrating on the LGBTQ2S+ neighborhood in 2021 however have seen extra reported incidents in June.

Advocates say individuals in distinguished positions are supposed to be function fashions.

“I simply suppose it speaks volumes to how they’re meant to hold themselves, , each on and off the sphere, and I believe it’s really horrific,” mentioned Justin Khan of The 519, a corporation that advocates for and offers companies to Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ neighborhood.

”Thanks everybody who reached out with flowers, heat messages and yummy meals. Your help is past appreciated,” mentioned Gomez in a web based submit.

Toronto police mentioned Thursday they’re taking a look at all accessible footage within the ferry docks the place the assault passed off.

CTV Information Toronto requested police if they may verify if Redblacks participant Chris Larsen is a part of the alleged group.

A police spokesperson mentioned police wouldn’t speculate on these alleged to be concerned till expenses have been laid. 

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