What started out as a simple McDonald’s meal, ended as a bloody scene for a Marine vet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Metro police department is now investigating the incident and searching for the suspects between the ages of 16 and 21.
Apparently the group of teens started harassing Chris Marquez while he was quietly eating his meal, asking him: “Do you believe black lives matter.” Shortly after, started calling him a racist.
Marquez believes this was a hate crime, and he was targeted purely because the color of his skin. “Too many of these types of attacks have been happening against white people by members of the black community and the majority of the main stream media refuses to report on it,” he told news reporters.
Due to the vicious attack, which left Marquez disturbed and traumatized, the Marine had a hard time recalling what actually went down.
Luckily, the manager at the fast food chain reviewed the surveillance video and informed Marquez that after he walked out of the restaurant, one of the teens struck him on the side of the head knocking him unconscious, while the others robbed him.
Fortunately, Marquez managed to get a cab back to his apartment after regaining consciousness. He was later treated for “head trauma and an eye contusion” in the nearest hospital.
Marquez served in the Marines as a Riflemen and Scout Sniper for eight years, and is currently a student at American University. He received the Bronze Star for valor during his first tour after carrying out the body of his slain team leader from combat after they were ambushed during the Battle of Fallujah.
“When I was in the Marine Corps, I served with people from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and races,” Marquez told reporters. “Like all Marines, I fought for the freedom of all Americans and not just one particular group.”
Marquez was involved in the infamous “Hell House”” fire fight in Fallujah. The most memorable photo from the battlefields of Iraq, which portrays Marquez and his fellow Marines, still haunts many people today. The LA Times wrote: “Marine 1st-Sgt. Brad Kasal, bloodied but unbowed, was being helped from house-to-house fighting in Fallouja by lance corporals Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer. In one hand, Kasal gripped his 9-millimeter Beretta, in the other, his K-bar knife.”