Atlanta police are investigating whether the 19-year-old man accused of stabbing five people at a New Year's Eve party in the Atlanta neighborhood of Reynoldstown may have been the target of an anti-gay slur during a confrontation at the late-night celebration.
The suspect is identified by Atlanta police as Luke O'Donovan. The stabbing occurred sometime after 3 a.m. on New Year's Day at 239 Gibson St., Atlanta Police Department Spokesperson Carlos Campos told GA Voice today.
In total, six were injured, including O'Donovan. Several of the victims were transported to local hospitals, Campos added.
19-year-old man accused of stabbing five people at late-night party
In an era of growing LGBT acceptance, perhaps the only thing controversial about Atlanta’s upcoming Pride festival is the now-annual Kickoff Bash at the Georgia Aquarium.
Animal rights activists, led by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, are protesting the event and out actress Jane Lynch even weighed in by sending a letter to the Atlanta Pride Committee’s Buck Cooke, urging Cooke to relocate the annual party over concerns for the animals’ well-being.
“Many of the marine mammals at the aquarium are extremely sensitive to sound, and large parties create an even more stressful environment than they already endure in captivity. … Since the kickoff party sets the tone for all of Pride, will you please consider moving it to one of the many alternative venues that Atlanta has to offer?” Lynch wrote.
Lynch’s letter followed a flurry of attention the party received last year over similar concerns over noise and how it affects the animals. PETA, at the time, called the event “a celebration of freedom in a building that celebrates captivity.”