Some terrible news to report via Night Fog Reader and The Bay Citizen: Brontez Purnell and Adal Castellon, both of the band The Younger Lovers, were attacked in Oakland Wednesday night. According to the Bay Citizen:

The musicians were at Club Paradiso on Telegraph Avenue when they were approached by two men around 2 a.m. who had also been at the club. As Purnell and Castellon were unlocking their bikes, the pair approached them, shouting gay slurs and telling them that “if they were in Jamaica they’d be dead," according to Purnell.

Purnell yelled back at them, “How dare you?” and as he rode past them, one of them men hit him on the head, knocking him from his bike. He swung his bike lock at them. Meanwhile, one of the men hit Castellon in the face. The pair and two women, who had witnessed the attack, then got in a black Porsche Cayenne, an SUV.

It's not clear how seriously Purnell was injured, but Castellon "suffered facial fractures and will require titanium plates."

Well-wishers have been offering support on Brontez's Facebook page, as well as on The Younger Lovers' page. Our deepest sympathies go out to Brontez and Adal.

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