When Danny Amoruccio read about the brutal attack on former Marine Christopher Marquez last Friday outside a McDonalds’ in D.C., he was horrified. He was also angry. And it was the anger that propelled Amoruccio into action. Since he didn’t personally know Marquez, he decided that a GoFundMe account to help offset the former Marine’s pain and suffering was in order. It would also serve to raise public awareness about a hate crime that was seemingly swept under the rug by mainstream media. The men who beat Marquez were black; Marquez is not.
Since Amoruccio started the fundraising effort two days ago his good intentions have collided with full-on haters; no surprise that most were from the Black community.
This Examiner reached out to Amoruccio this morning via the GoFundMe page. He immediately returned a call and followed up with several emails; including the recently released video of the attack. In our conversation Amoruccio indicated that he has received actual death threats because of his support for Marquez.
Amoruccio, 39, is a licensed funeral director who, now retired, spends his time on community outreach efforts. He shared his feelings and the comments he has received regarding the attack on Marquez:
One might ask, why did I bother to help Chris?? I felt compelled quite frankly. I never had a fundraiser for anyone prior, so I was new to GoFundMe. I researched it and noticed no one had set up a fund for him, so I did!
He also relayed how this fundraiser has likely put his well-being, and that of his family, in jeopardy with death threats from detractors:
The resistance includes, but not limited to, comments that ‘this Marine is a liar, a fake, should have been killed while on duty overseas, along with his comrades.’
A total of 3 death threats have been received stating that if I (Amoruccio) didn’t take down the GoFundMe, they’d hunt me down and they could Google and find where I live. Those three (comments) were from African Americans.
Other commenters, mixed equally, stated that Chris’ accomplishments were propaganda and they believed he never even served our country. And that the photo of Fallujah was done in a controlled setting (Hollywood style).
Amoruccio said later today he’d gotten messages from black women saying that Chris Marquez is a “joke” and that he should have had more injuries from the “alleged” beating. Others went on to say it was a “conspiracy.”
For readers who missed the original story, Christopher Marquez is a former Marine rifleman and sniper scout and one of hundreds of U.S. Marines who were tasked with clearing insurgents from Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. To this day, the battle for the city of Fallujah stands as one of the most bloody, brutal, and deadly of the entire war. Marquez, whose picture graces the front of “My Men Are My Heroes”, was accosted by five black thugs Friday night, Feb. 12, while eating dinner at a McDonalds in D.C. As he exited the restaurant those “unarmed black men” beat Marquez so severely that he needed hospitalization They also robbed him of $400, his identification, and three credit cards.
Police are still looking for the thugs who taunted Marquez with “Black Lives Matter” rhetoric. When found, they could be charged, with among other crimes, attempted murder.