(EDGE) A young gay couple from Denver, Colo. said they were stabbed outside of their home because they were holding hands, Denver's Fox 31 reports.
Christopher Huizar, 19, and his boyfriend Gabriel Roman, 23, were returning home around midnight Sunday after a night out with friends. They were a few blocks from their home when they say a man yelled gay slurs at them before attacking them with a knife.
"We're running and I didn't realize how bad it was until he's like, 'My hand!' And that's when I took my shirt off and I wrapped it around and there was blood everywhere, like so much blood," Huizar told Fox 31.
The couple ran to a nearby 7/11, collapsing in the parking lot. Bystanders called 911 and helped with the men's injuries.
"I'm thinking, like, my boyfriend is going to die," Huizar said of Roman.
The couple believe they were targeted because they were holding hands.
The Denver Police Department arrested a man for the attack but are still determining the charges, Fox 31 reports.
"I just remember looking at him and telling him it's going to be OK," Huizar told the news station.
"I remember him pulling me back and I think that's when I got stabbed in my back," Roman added.
Both Huizar and Roman suffered multiple stab wounds. Huizar was stabbed once in the throat and Roman suffered a number of deep slashes to his back and hand.
"It's way deeper than just the physical damage. Of course, we're relieved this guy is caught or whatever, but there's still that fright, I guess you could say to who else is out there like that?" Roman told Fox 31.
The men said the incident will make them stronger as a couple.
"It's not going to stop me from being who I am or showing affection to my significant other but I will definitely be more cautious," Roman told the news station.
After the incident, the couple launched a GoFundMePage.
"We were simply holding hands when a white male yells 'fucken [sic] faggots' and comes running up behind and stabbed me in the neck & my boyfriend got stabbed in his hand and his back," Huizar, who created the page, writes in the description. "We were just holding hands minding our business. We both can't work because of our conditions, anything helps.
"We have hospital bills that need to be paid along with other utilities," he added. "Since we can't work we just have what we have in saving... anything helps thank you for your support!"
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Watch Fox 31's report on the attack in the clip below.