Lincoln Police Investigating Hate Crime, Large Outpouring of Support for Victim

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Support is growing at an exponential rate for a Lincoln woman brutally attacked in her South Lincoln home early Sunday morning. The woman is a member of the LGBT community and police are calling the attack a hate crime.

Police found words written in the woman's home that were derogatory towards her sexual orientation.

Police said three masked men broke into the woman's home between 1:30 and 4 a.m. Sunday. According to police reports, the suspects tied up the victim and carved words into her body with a knife. Friends of the victim say the words are anti-gay slurs. Police spokeswoman Katie Flood could not comment on the cuts.

"Early stages in the investigation, we don't want to provide too many details. At a later date, when we interview suspects, we want them to provide detail that they actually know, not things that they've learned from news reports. That way we can determine their level of involvement in the case."

Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler says the City and Lincoln Police will do everything in their power to ensure justice is done.

"Hate crimes are despicable and appalling to me and to all Lincoln residents,” said Beutler. "Lincoln strives to be a community that embraces tolerance and equality. We stand united with our gay and lesbian citizens in denouncing violence directed at any group."

10/11 reported the crime Sunday on First News Nebraska and posted details of a vigil at the State Capitol building on the 10/11 News Facebook page. Word about the vigil spread quickly via Facebook and Twitter. More than 500 people attended, held candles and rallied support for the victim. Click here to watch 10/11 Bridget Fargen's story on Sunday night's Vigil Against Violence.