The victim of a stabbing in South Boston earlier this month believes he may have been targeted, as police continue to search for two people in connection with the attack.
Investigators said an officer on patrol in the area of West Broadway and F Street found the stabbing victim at 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 18. The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The victim, Anthony Crumbley, remains hospitalized as he recovers from his stab wounds.
"This situation is very traumatic for me," Crumbley said during a phone interview with NewsCenter 5. "I was attacked by two males who stabbed me in my neck and stabbed me in my stomach, and left me pretty much for dead. They didn't try to rob me or anything."
"These injuries are pretty severe," he added. "I'm not going to be able to work to support my younger sister. It's just made life really hard for me and my family."
A surveillance image that was recorded in the same area where Crumbley was found shows a man with facial hair who was wearing a hooded jacket or sweatshirt and may have been carrying a backpack, as well as a woman who was carrying at least two large bags.
“The two males and a female approached me and two males attacked me and stabbed me in my neck and in my stomach, and pretty much ran and left me there,” said Crumbley, who has spent more than a week at Boston Medical Center and is still recovering there.
He wonders if he was attacked because he is a gay black man, although police did say they have no reason yet to believe this was a hate crime.
“I believe it was an attack that had to do with gay hate because, you know, I dress very femme and I’m a very outspoken person,” said Crumbley.
He says the attack is a significant setback for him, especially since it happened a year after his mother died of cancer, but added that he is also feeling tremendous support.
"I'm proud that my city has responded in such an immaculate way that I can't even thank everyone who has supported me," Crumbley said. "I just don't even know how to thank everybody."
Crumbley has set up a GoFundMe page, and donations have already topped $13,000 as of 8:30 p.m. Monday.
A Twitter post by Crumbley’s friend Veronica Hernandez about the stabbing has gotten hundreds of retweets. She pleads for the attackers to come forward.
“That’s something that I think needs to be put out there because he wasn’t just a black man. He was a gay black man, and they need to be protected as well,” said Hernandez.
Anyone with information about the two individuals seen in the image that was released by the Boston Police Department is asked to call detectives at 617-343-4742.