Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Real Death, Fake Headline on Homeless Veteran Being Beaten

Online story of homeless man killed by Philly anti-Trump protesters is fake
Philly.com
Julie Shaw
Staff Writer
Updated: NOVEMBER 15, 2016
In April 2015, Robert Barnes, 51, was attacked at the Sunoco gas station at 5338 N. Fifth St. An article posted Saturday by the Christian Times Newspaper website wrongly claimed that the video of Barnes' beating showed a homeless veteran being beaten to death by anti-Trump protesters. Barnes was not a veteran and was not beaten by anti-Trump protesters.

A fake article published Saturday on the Christian Times Newspaper website claims that a video showing the brutal beating of a homeless man at a gas station in the Olney section of Philadelphia last year was actually a homeless veteran being beaten to death by anti-Trump protesters.
Barnes was attacked outside the Sunoco gas station on 5th Street near Somerville Avenue at about 6:40 p.m. April 7, 2015, allegedly by three women and three juveniles. The assault landed him in a coma.

Barnes, 51, died seven months later, on Nov. 25, at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health.
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