Simple compliment leads to vicious attack

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23 year-old Jesse Allard set out with family he was visiting to celebrate his birthday on December 26th 2009, What was supposed to be a playful night of drinking and catchi­ng up with cousins, turned into anything but. Outside of Butler’s Trackside Bar & Grill, patrons were having a smoke, Allard complimented another’s jacket. He was suddenly labeled a “faggot” and threatened with physical harm had he not gone away he says.

Jesse says he immediately apologized and proceeded to walk the other way, only to be violently