by July 25, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,630 3 Comments

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

"Crime"Early on Sunday morning, July 21, two local men, Michael Joel Hall and Michael Roike were brutally attacked by a group of three men in their Eckington neighborhood residence near 3rd and U Streets NE. Details about who the attackers were are scarce and the motive of the attack is not yet clear. However, DC Police have started investigating the case as an anti-gay hate crime.

After the attack Michael Joel Hall was taken to the hospital with a broken cheekbone and had surgery. He owns Mid-City Yoga and is an ambassador with the Lululemon store in Logan Circle.

Moreover, the couple had recently lost their Logan Circle apartment when the building housing the Mid City Deli and Carry Out Deli caught fire on fire June 7 (see Fire at Mid City Deli Building, 14th and P NW).

How You Can Help

The community has come together in support of Hall and Roike — Hall has no health insurance to pay for his hospital expenses.

You can find additional information on the attack at the Washington Blade, and at NBC Channel 4.

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