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Tuesday July 6, 2021

Sina Rezaie, the NYC doctor attacked in Greenwich Village on July 3 in an alleged hate crime
Sina Rezaie, the NYC doctor attacked in Greenwich Village on July 3 in an alleged hate crime  (Source:Instagram)

With the rise in violence in New York City reaching alarming levels, so are assaults against LGBTQ people. Last week there were two attacks on gay men in the city, one in a subway platform in the early morning hours on June 28, another when a gay men intervened to protect a woman being harassed by seemingly intoxicated man on June 30. He was attacked with a knife while being called anti-gay slurs.

On July 3 another such attack occurred when a 29-year-old doctor was brutally attacked in Greenwich Village, NBC New York reports.

"He called me a 'faggot' and then half a block later, he came from behind and kicked and punched me multiple times," Sina Rezaie said from his hospital bed.

(Source: Instagram)

Witnesses said Rezaie stumbled to a neighboring pub for assistance after collapsing adds meaww.com. "Laurie Beck and Richard Delay, both friends of Rezaie, were at work at the time and did everything they could to aid while waiting for authorities.""I just kind of saw our friend walking outside kind of erratically and I called [Delay's] attention 'go see what's going on with our neighbor, it looks like he's distressed.' [Daley] went outside to check it out, then he starts waving to me so I grabbed a bottle of water and some paper towels and ran outside," Beck said.

Delay said that he saw him "holding his mouth, blood running out from the face. He said that he had gotten attacked by some guy who said something to him as he came off the train. Apparently, the guy called him a slur and then threw him to the ground, and started kicking him repeatedly."

"Rezaie claimed he 'always felt comfortable' in the area before the incident and is baffled as to why he was the victim of a vicious hate crime. 'I don't know why this happened to me,; he said. Despite there being security cameras all throughout the neighborhood, police are yet to apprehend the suspect," adds meaww.com.

Sina Rezaie in his hospital bed  (Source: News4 video)

The Daily Mail reports that "(w)hile there are security cameras throughout the neighborhood, police have yet to identify a suspect. Just one week before the attack, individuals lined the streets of Greenwich Village to celebrate Pride month - a period of inclusivity and diversity.




The badly injured Rezaie thanked friends, family and supporters for their kindness in an Instagram post on Monday.

"Just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who have donated, shared my story, and/or reached out. Helping me get through this. I'm at a loss for words and so touched. I'm home now, still very swollen, so difficult to speak, and in pain but first follow-up appt is tomorrow. Thank you and love you all," he said.

"In the aftermath of the attack, the 29-year-old doctor's friends have stepped forward to assist him in his rehabilitation," adds Meaww.com.

"To help pay for his medical costs, one of them started a crowdfunding effort with a GoFundMe that had garnered almost $11,118 so far. Rezaie's jaw will be fused shut for the next few weeks, according to the GoFundMe, so that his injuries can heal correctly. Rezaie's jaw is swollen after surgery, according to the campaign's organizer, Sammy Daylor, who told News4Jax that he is unable to talk. New York City cops are investigating if the seemingly random attack on Saturday morning was motivated by hatred."