Iraqi war veteran attacked by youths who asked “if black lives matter”

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, 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.

But he says the youths started calling him a racist, and that when he left they jumped him, beat him up, and robbed him.

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