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A 17-year-old African-American teen was beaten during a hate crime in Chicago in late December 2011, area police are now reporting. The victim, Joshua Merritt, a senior at Brother Rice High School, was attacked by three white teenage boys who attend the same institution.

The assault was allegedly motivated by the Black male youth starting a interracial relationship with the cousin of the youngest perpetrator. The assailants were charged on

January 10 for the December 23 attack. Matthew Herrmann, 18, was charged with misdemeanor battery, a hate crime, and unlawful restraint. He will be tried as an adult, while the younger offenders, who are 16 and 17, were cited in delinquency petitions for the same charges.

Peep the details and more about the malicious assault at The Grio.