BREAKING UPDATE FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON: Christopher Marquez, the decorated Marine veteran who served in the Iraq war, was hospitalized after doctors found he has a ‘serious head injury’ resulting from an attack last Friday.
Marquez was jumped at a Washington, D.C. McDonald’s located just blocks from the White House by a group of Black men and women who beat, kicked and robbed him after he says they tauntied him with the question, “Do you you believe black lives matter.”
Christopher Marquez, image by Marquez via Fox News.
The news was broken by WJLA-TV reporter Stephen Tschida on Twitter:
Doctors hospitalize Chris Marquez, Marine assaulted in DC. Test reveal serious head injury. The very latest on ABC 7 News at 4.
— Stephen Tschida (@ABC7Stephen) February 18, 2016
“Doctors hospitalize Chris Marquez, Marine assaulted in DC. Test reveal serious head injury. The very latest on ABC 7 News at 4.”
Marquez was treated and released Friday night by George Washington University Hospital, according to the Daily Caller which broke the story of the attack on Monday.
“Upon regaining consciousness, Marquez found a cab driver willing to drive him to his apartment across from American University, where he attends school. Workers in the lobby called the police on his behalf, who took him to George Washington Hospital where he was evaluated for several hours. Medical documents obtained by TheDCNF show Marquez was treated for head trauma and an eye contusion.”
Marquez spoke about the attack, which he has called a racially motivated hate crime, in an interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday morning.
Decorated marine knocked unconscious by a group of thugs after being asked if he believed if “black lives” matteredhttps://t.co/dbmjPzQu7c
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) February 18, 2016
Marquez was sucker-punched from behind and fell to the sidewalk while walking out of the McDonald’s. He was set upon, robbed and repeatedly kicked. The attack took place at 911 E Street, NW directly across the street from the FBI Building and just a few blocks from the White House.
Surveillance video of the attack was released Thursday by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department.
President Barack Obama has been silent on the attack. However he was scheduled to meet with Black Lives Matter activists at the White House Thursday.
Marquez was seen in a famous photo helping rescue a wounded Marine in Fallujah in 2004 that inspired a statue placed by the group Hope for the Warriors at two Marine Corps bases entitled, “No Man Left Behind.”