Burke Burnett (pictured) said he was at a party in the small town when four men suddenly attacked him, shouting “pussy-ass faggot,” “gay bitch” and “cock-sucking punk.”
He also sustained second-degree burns and severe bruises when he was then thrown onto a lit burn barrel.
According to reports, none of the other party-goers came to his assistance, except to drive him to the hospital when they saw he had burnt flesh peeling off of his body.
“They knew I was gay,” he told the Voice. “I’m convinced they were trying to kill me. I’m scared for my life…I’m scared to go home. These guys have nothing to lose.”
Jeff Sugg, from the Reno Police Department, released a statement Monday saying: “The Reno Police Department is currently investigating an aggravated assault that took place last weekend.
“The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be provided when available.”