If you’ve been following the developing story of Chris Marquez, the decorated Marine veteran who was attacked outside a D.C.-area McDonald’s for no other apparent reason than the color of his skin, then you may be aware that metropolitan police arrested two black teens Monday in connection with the assault.
What you may not be aware of is that Marquez was not the only Marine savagely beaten on the night of Feb. 12.
On Thursday, CBS 9 DC carried word that a second attack occurred that evening. The incidents appear to be unrelated, even though both victims were ex-Marines who served tours in the Middle East.
The second Marine, 35-year-old Michael Schroeder, was beaten unconscious and left to freeze to death.
Schroeder, who had served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, had been out drinking with friends. As he headed home in the small hours, he took a shortcut through a parking lot, which is the last thing he remembers.
Temperatures had dropped down to the teens in weather reports. Laying in the cold, dragged between two cars, face-down, head bashed-in and cash missing is how Schroeder’s family says police found him in the Glover Park neighborhood. Thankfully a dad and son driving by in a taxi saw Schroeder and called the authorities.
The two found the ex-Marine lying in the cold, between two cars, face-down, his head bashed in. According to his family, Schroeder suffered a fractured skull, a severe concussion, and convulsions.
Another similarity between the two Marine incidents is that both men were robbed.