Victims say stabbing was over sexuality

Published: Jun. 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2014 at 1:19 PM CDT
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The stabbing happened in the parking lot of Classic Wheels Lounge.
The stabbing happened in the parking lot of Classic Wheels Lounge.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Two men who were stabbed outside a Huntsville nightclub early Saturday morning spoke about their harrowing experience.

The stabbing happened on a night when the club hosts a crowd of mostly gay and lesbian patrons – and that's what witnesses said fueled the violence.

The incident started just before 3 a.m. in the parking lot of Classic Wheels Lounge on Memorial Parkway. Most patrons were leaving, but instead of going home, two men had to go to the hospital.

Classic Wheels Lounge has hosted alternative night for more than three years, but two guests who pulled up were far from Friday night's normal crowd. Owner C.T. Harris said the two men began yelling anti-gay slurs.

"It was scary," Montero Ford, one of the victims, said. "I didn't know gay bashing still existed."

One man stayed in the car while the other went on a rampage, stabbing two gay men, Ford and Mautravion Mangrum. Ford said one of his stab wounds was just inches from his heart.

"A stranger could have took my life over my sexuality," Ford said.

"Anywhere else we go, we are unwelcome," Mangrum told us. "I'm angry because I had nothing to do with anything."

Mangrum was stabbed five times. Now, he says he only wants one thing. "Justice should be served in this situation," he said.

And he has a question to the attacker. "Why not respect me like I respect you?"

One of the club's promoters said Huntsville police will now be at every alternative night to prevent any future incidents.

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