Wane. Com. News reports stated that Brothers kicked and punched both Michalik and his partner Chambers repeatedly with his hands and feet. The Journal Gazette also reported that court documents also showed “a witness told police he [Chambers] and Michalik were beaten up by Brothers because of their sexual orientation.” To Sylvia Tyszler, a friend of Michalik, the incident was clearly a hate crime. “He was my best friend ,” Tyszler told The News- Sentinel. “This is a big thing. It's a hate crime – the guy was killed because he was gay. He will be “missed by thousands,” Tyszler said. “Just because somebody is gay doesn't mean that they deserve to be beaten to death. The world has lost a great man.” Local LGBT organizations are demanding the police charge the incident a hate crime. Police said Monday that the murder remains under investigation and would not confirm whether the slaying would be charged as a hate crime. GLAAD thanks the Indiana media for its fair and accurate coverage of this horrible incident. GLAAD has also reached out local media and local LGBT organizations to provide support.