Family Questions Lack of Hate Crime Charge in Lafayette Stabbing
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The family of a Louisiana man who was stabbed over the weekend is calling the assault a hate crime, but police say there’s no evidence to support that.
Lafayette police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Griffin said 18-year-old Holden White was stabbed in the neck and wrists Saturday and remained in critical condition Monday. Chase Seneca was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder. White's family believe White was targeted because he was gay. Griffin said nothing in the case indicates the incident was a hate crime.
Griffin said Seneca and White got into an argument and Seneca stabbed White in the neck.
ORIGINAL STORY (written by Brandon Comeaux)
(June 21): 19-year-old Chance Seneca has been charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder following an alleged stabbing late Saturday night in the 400 block of Maryview Farm Road in Lafayette.
Lafayette Police Department PIO Sgt. Wayne Griffin says 18-year-old Holden White is in critical condition in a local hospital with a large cut to his neck.