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November 27, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Gay Seattle hairdresser Danny Vega dies after assault

Danny Vega, a 58-year-old South Seattle hairdresser and prominent member of Seattle’s Filipino community, has died Sunday, 12 days after he was robbed and beaten by three teens in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

Vega suffered severe injuries to his brain, kidneys and liver and was placed on life support after falling into a coma, according to KING-TV, which reported that Vega died on Sunday. A niece also reported his death on her Facebook page.

Vega was on his evening walk Nov. 15 when he was beaten and robbed of his cellphone and keys.

He was attacked from behind by three young men, believed to be about 18, at about 7:45 p.m. in the 4200 block of South Othello Street, according to Seattle police. The assailants fled.

The attack occurred about four blocks from Vega’s home, where he also operates Danny Vega’s Hair Design, according to public records.

Vega was able to walk home and call 911, according to Seattle police. He told officers he lost consciousness during the attack. He was later taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Vega’s family has said they believed Vega, who was gay, may have been targeted because of his sexual orientation. Seattle police are not investigating the incident as a hate crime, citing a lack of evidence.

 

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