Lesbian Mallory Owens allegedly beaten by girlfriend's brother Travis Hawkins at Thanksgiving dinner
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UPDATE: 'It's not a hate crime': Lesbian brutally beaten 'by girlfriend's brother' at Thanksgiving dinner says the attack was NOT because she is gay
A woman was savagely attacked on Thanksgiving by her girlfriend’s brother during a family gathering.
Mallory Owens was attending the dinner in Mobile, Alabama, with girlfriend Alex Hawkins when the family affair turned violent.
According to reports, Miss Hawkins' brother Travis did not approve of their relationship and attacked Miss Owens after dinner, allegedly knocking her down and pummeling her with his fists.
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Victim: Mallory Owens, left, was left horribly injured after attending Thanksgiving dinner with girlfriend Alex Hawkins, right
Brutality: Miss Owens was hospitalized for several days after the attack, receiving treatment for a broken nose in the beating that was so bad her eyes were swollen shut
Her mother Kristi Taylor told WKRG-TV: 'He tried to kill her. He's lucky he didn't kill her. She's lucky to be alive. I didn't recognize her when I got here. It's hard to look at her like that.'
Miss Owens was hospitalized and treated for a broken nose and numerous lacerations. Her eyes were swollen shut after the brutal beating and she had to receive facial reconstruction surgery.
Ms Taylor said that there was friction with the Hawkins family over the fact that her daughter was gay and had a relationship with the sister, which Hawkins reportedly did not approve of.
Despite the accusations, Hawkins cannot be charged with a hate crime because Alabama law doesn't include sexual orientation among bias offenses, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The accused: Travis Hawkins was charged with second-degree assault in the attack, and was later released on bond
And Alabama is not alone, as 26 other states are also without hate crime laws protecting members of the LGBT community, including Texas, Virginia and Missouri.
Earlier this year, Hawkins allegedly hit Miss Owens over the head with a pipe wrench. While she was injured in that attack, no charges were filed.
Her mother told the station: 'I did not want her to go, I begged her not to go, knowing how the family felt about her. But she said, "They're trying to be nice."'
Hawkins was arrested on Sunday and charged with second-degree assault, and later released on bond.
Family and supporters of Miss Owens believe those charges should be much more severe.
A Facebook group entitled 'Charge Travis Hawkins Jr with the attempted murder of Mallory Owens' has sprung up on Facebook, garnering nearly 600 likes in less than a day.
Miss Owens' sister Avery Godwin told AL.com that Hawkins called her on Friday to say 'that he would finish what he started last night with Mallory.'
Information about an attorney for Hawkins was not immediately available.
It’s also not the first time that police have been called to the Hawkins home.
Last year, Hawkins was hospitalized after he was allegedly shot in the chest by his father, Travis Hawkins Sr.
WKRG-TV reported that the elder Hawkins was later released on bail and the case was never brought to trial after his son refused to testify against him.
Unrecognizable: Miss Owens suffered numerous lacerations and required facial reconstruction surgery after the attack