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Three Charged With Murder in French Quarter Anti-Homosexual Stabbing

November 19, 1993

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Three men were charged with murder in the stabbing death of a man police say was victimized because his attackers mistakenly thought he was homosexual.

Joseph Balog, 23, was walking through the French Quarter with a friend last week when the two men were attacked by men shouting anti-homosexual jeers.

Police said the victims were not gay.

Booked Thursday evening on murder charges were Grant Wayne Gunderson, 24; Ronald D. Graves, 24; and Mingo Graham, 23.

There may be more arrests. Balog and his unidentified 26-year-old friend were attacked by four or five people on Nov. 11.

The city’s homosexual community responded last week with a rally and candlelight march to the intersection where Balog died.

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