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Gay student beaten into a coma at California train station — but Amtrak police say no evidence to ‘suggest’ a crime

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A gay Colorado man was beaten into a coma last week while traveling in California — and his family is desperate for answers.

Aaron Salazar suffered damage to his brain stem, a broken pelvis and severe burns to his inner thighs in the attack, which his family believes was a hate crime, reported Reno Gazette-Journal.

The 22-year-old Portland State University student was partway through a 31-hour train ride May 15 from Denver back to Oregon when he stopped in Truckee, where he texted his great-grandmother to say he’s made a new friend and was headed to Sacramento to wait through a 10-hour layover.

He never made it.

A train station worker found Salazar lying battered near the tracks, but Amtrak police say there is no evidence to “suggest criminal intent.”

Salazar’s family said police won’t provide them with updates on the investigation, because it’s still ongoing, but they want local police to assist the company to determine what happened.

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“I firsthand saw his injuries,” his cousin, Sonia Trujillo, told KTXL-TV. “There’s no way that he was pushed off a train or jumped off a train because these are all upper-body injuries.”

Trujillo said the devastating injuries to Salazar’s groin injury suggests he was beaten in a hate crime attack.

“The burns on his leg were horrifying, it did not look like him at all,” Trujillo said. “I believe it was something deeper because the burn marks. Why burn somebody? If you’re going to hurt somebody, hurt them. But why are you going to burn somebody?”

Doctors have told the family that Salazar’s injuries are consistent with a beating, but Trujillo told the newspaper they won’t put it in writing because the investigation remains underway.

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“There’s no scrapes, there’s no road rash — none of that, all of his injuries are upper body,” Trujillo told KTVN-TV.

Truckee police told the Gazette-Journal that Amtrak police have jurisdiction when a crime takes place on a train, but Salazar’s family said the railway has a conflict of interest in investigating the case.

“What I’m concerned about is, we’re dealing with the Amtrak police department on an Amtrak train,” Trujillo said. “I don’t know if they’re trying to protect the train or if they’re trying to protect the people.”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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