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Police: Two gay soldiers report hate crime in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Police are investigating a suspected hate crime after a group of men beat two gay Fort Carson soldiers and others while shouting anti-homosexual and racial slurs.

The victims told KRDO-TV they believe they were targeted at a fast food restaurant early Saturday because they're gay.

Two victims are Fort Carson soldiers, who asked to remain anonymous because being identified as homosexual could harm their military careers.

"I'm a tanker,” said a gay soldier identified as John.

Another victim, called Ted, said that most of his Army peers know he is gay. “But I don't need people higher up knowing," he told KRDO. "I still have to protect myself as far as on the military side.”

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