Man dies defending gay friends from homophobic gunman, witnesses say

Man dies defending gay friends from homophobic gunman, witnesses say

"This was the 71st murder in Palm Beach County this year and the fourth in Lake Worth", the Palm Beach Post notes.

Juan Javier Cruz, 22, was dining at a restaurant with his friends, some of whom are gay, at about 1 am, BuzzFeed reports. 'None of us know Nelson Hernandez'.

Mena was arrested on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. That man, who was not affiliated with Cruz's group but had asked one of Cruz's friends for a phone number, told police he believed he was targeted because he is gay. When they were about to leave, Mena allegedly said "If we were in my country, I'd kill all of you like rats". He then said, "I hate you damned gays". They also reported that Mena had been looking at them angrily while they were inside.

"When he used to come visit me, he would massage me and say I love you mom".

When Cruz stepped in to defend his friends, Mena pulled out a handgun and fired several shots, striking Cruz and killing him.

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According to the probable cause report obtained by LawNewz.com, witnesses said Cruz and friends were hanging out at a restaurant in the early morning.

When authorities arrested Mena around 10 a.m. on Sunday, they say he claimed that "a group of guys started attacking and threatening him" when he walked outside the restaurant.

Amanda Cruz, the mother of the victim, told WPTV that Cruz was trying to protect his cousin who is gay. He told police that he was "very drunk" after having between 15 and 20 beers and that "he didn't intend to hurt anyone", according to the Sun Sentinel. He needs to pay for what he did.

He was in court Monday morning, but The State Attorney's office will have to determine whether or not to add a hate crime to the charges.

A GoFundMe page was set up by Nancy Benitez to raise money for Cruz's funeral, with a goal of $12,000 set.

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