DAVIS, CA - The victim of a presumed hate crime is speaking out, hoping what happened to him will never happen to anyone else.
Mikey Partida, 32, of Davis, was leaving a relative's home early Sunday morning when a man started harassing him and calling him a gay slur.
Partida ignored the man and kept walking.
"I was just trying to make the right choice in a bad situation," he said from his hospital bed at the UC Davis Medical Center.
Unfortunately, Partida forgot his keys and had to go back, that's when the suspect attacked.
"I heard him, personally, yelling slurs at him," Partida's cousin Vanessa Turner said. "I know it was unprovoked."
"He just continued, getting closer and closer, and then he just punched me," Partida explained.
The slur used begins with the letter "F" and is a nasty term for homosexuals. Partida said the attacker was saying it over and over again while beating him.