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The Mavericks band member is assaulted for speaking Spanish

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – A member of The Mavericks and his friend were assaulted in a Florida bar after they said they were confronted for speaking Spanish with each other.

"It saddens us to no end to learn of the assault on our band mate Lorenzo Molina, and his friend & fellow musician Orlando Morales, reportedly for speaking Spanish amongst themselves in a public establishment," The Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo said on Twitter. "For this assault to occur as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month..."

Police said the assault occurred at Tony's Eat & Drink in Franklin, Tenn. overnight Saturday.

Ruiz posted on a GoFundMe started for Morales, a fellow musician, that the assault was sparked because the pair was speaking Spanish. So far, the fundraiser has reached $19,600 with a goal of $25,000.

Ruiz said, "I was invited to the United States to play my trumpet with The Mavericks. My friend Orlando and I were just brutally attacked at a sports bar because we speak in Spanish. We didn't do anything to anybody and got beaten up badly. My friend is in bad shape. Any support would help while we proceed with getting justice for this hate crime."

The Mavericks released their first Spanish language disc, "En Espanol," in August.

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