Chris Marquez is an Iraq War veteran and inspired the now famous ‘No Man Left Behind’ statues. He was eating at a McDonald’s in Washington, DC when he was approached by five young black men. They aggressively asked him whether ‘Black Lives Matter’. They were very threatening and the decorated Marine felt as much. Marquez decided to ignore them and eat his meal despite being called a racist repeatedly. When Marquez left the McDonald’s, things got real. I’m surprised that he wasn’t surveilling what was going on around him considering the threats they were throwing at him inside the restaurant. One of the teens hit him in the head from behind, knocking him to the ground, where the gang beat him savagely before robbing him. Marquez told police that one teen hit him in the head with a handgun.

From the Daily Mail:

An Iraq war veteran whose bravery inspired two statues says he was beaten by a group of teens in Washington, DC on Friday night after they approached and asked him whether ‘black lives matter’.

Chris Marquez, 30, a decorated US marine, was eating in a McDonald’s when the youths walked up and started questioning him, WJLA reported yesterday. ‘I felt threatened and thought they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I’m just going to keep to my food, eat my food and hopefully they’ll leave me alone,’ Marquez told the station.

The youths started calling him a racist, he said, but it was when he tried to leave the restaurant that things went badly for him.

This was obviously racially motivated. It was a hate crime. Marquez was taken to George Washington Hospital where he was evaluated for several hours and treated for head trauma and an eye contusion. He was left with bruises and cuts to his face and says that he’s had trouble sleeping since the event due to a sharp pain that he often feels in his head. That wasn’t the only indignity the veteran suffered: when he awoke on the sidewalk outside McDonald’s, he found his pants ripped and his wallet — containing $400 in cash, three credit cards and his Veterans Affairs medical card, among other things — missing. The youths used the cards that night to the tune of $115 and Marquez hopes that the trail will help police catch them. This Marine isn’t a racist. He served with and fought beside all races. In fact, race never crossed his mind. Marquez served eight years on active duty in the Marines as a rifleman and scout sniper from 2003-2011, and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor on his first deployment for carrying his commander’s body out of combat after he was killed in an ambush. As a Marine, Marquez went to Iraq three times and Afghanistan once. But he was best known for a photograph showing him and a fellow Marine carrying a wounded sergeant out of a house in Fallujah after a firefight that became known as ‘The House of Hell’ in Marine Corps lore. That photograph in turn inspired two statues named ‘No Man Left Behind’, which are currently on display at Camp Pendleton in San Diego and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. I hope they catch and prosecute his attackers. This is what Obama has brought us… the next best thing to a race war and deep hatred by the Black Lives Matter movement.