Interracial couple says they were targeted

Published: Aug. 30, 2012 at 3:32 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2012 at 1:26 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A Savannah couple says they were attacked in Ellis Square because they are not the same race.

Andrew Quade's eye is swollen shut and his face is swollen after the 23 year old says he was attacked in Ellis Square Friday night.

He was with his African-American girlfriend walking through the square when he says three men shouted racial slurs at them. The next thing the couple remembers, Quade was unconcios on the ground.

"He was basically left for dead. I don't want to go into all the gory details, but they could have stopped, but they kept going," said Quade's girlfriend Olufisayo Bakre.

Bakre says three black men began yelling at them as they walked to a friend's birthday party.

"One of them was making racial comments at us and one of them was blowing kisses. It was very aggravating," Bakre said.

Quade said he tried to ignore the comments.

"I didn't want to freak out on them because I thought they were saying something about me and my girlfriend. I wanted to get more information and understand the situation. But before I could, I was knocked out," Quade said.

Quade said the next thing he remembers is waking up in an ambulance.

"I think of this as a hate crime. It's that simple," Bakre said

The couple says they've felt discrimination before, but never anything like this.

"The worst we've had is people staring or talking about us. But it has never gotten to the level of physical contact until now," Bakre said.

Police say they are reviewing surveillance video and talking to witnesses. The couple still can't understand why someone would do this.

"I can't wrap my mind around what logical reason they would have," Quade said.

The couple insists they did nothing to provoke the attack.

"I just hope they get caught. I really hope justice prevails. This should not happen in this day and age. I know we're in the South, but it is time for a change," Bakre said.

Police say there is no hate crime law in Georgia. Police say if there is enough evidence, there are federal laws that could apply and the case could be referred to the FBI.

Investigators say they do have surveillance video, but according to the couple the quality is not good.

The couple did not get a good description of the suspects and can only say they were three black males varying in height.

If you have any information or saw anything Friday night just before midnight in Ellis Square, call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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