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Brutally beaten Harrisburg man fears attack was a hate crime

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Bill Hursh has lived on the same Harrisburg block for eight years. This Sunday, he's moving out.

"You wouldn't recognize him," said one neighbor.

In fact, Hursh didn't even recognize himself when he woke up in the hospital.

"He didn't seem aggressive at first. If he did maybe I would have handled it differently," said Hursh.

Hursh was walking back to his home on the 2100 block of N. 3rd Street around 3 a.m. Saturday when he says he was approached by a young man who started to harass him with sexual comments.

"I said, 'If you keep following me out back I will call the police,' and then when I did that I guess everything went down," said Hursh. "I don't really remember much".

Neighbors say they didn't hear a thing, but they pointed out blood on the sidewalk in front of the home and even a bloody hand print on a car.

"When I was a kid I thought something like this could happen but not now, not in the middle of Harrisburg in the middle of all the diversity that is there," said Hursh.

His house had been broken into before but he says his true fear is that he was targeted because he is gay.

"I had 100 dollars on me, give-or-take, that wasn't taken," he said.

Hursh hopes that by sharing this painful story someone will come forward who can help him understand why a stranger would beat him and leave him in the condition they did.

"I cant believe that a human being would do this to another human being," he said.

Neighbors here say they won't get much sleep until there is a suspect in custody.

Hursh adds that he would like investigators to take the case more seriously. Police say they have made no determinations but are indeed investigating.

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