Lesbian woman, 33, tied up and stripped naked by masked home invaders who carved words into her BODY and daubed hate slogans on walls of her home

Three masked men broke into a woman’s home,  bound her hands and feet before carving anti-gay slurs into her body in a  vicious hate crime, authorities said.

The attackers also spray-painted ‘we found  you ****’ on a wall at the woman’s home and tried to set it on fire.

Police in Lincoln, Nebraska refused to  elaborate on what had been carved into the 33-year-old woman’s body with a knife  in the horrific attack on Saturday night.

Terror: The homophobic slur was spray-painted on the wall of the woman's basement at her home after she was bound and her body cut

Terror: The homophobic slur was spray-painted on the  wall of the woman’s basement at her home after she was bound and her body  cut

The distraught woman, who is openly lesbian,  managed to walk to a neighbor’s house following the assault when the attackers  had left.

Linda Rappl, 68, said the woman was naked and  bleeding. She told CNN: ‘She was naked, her hands were tied with zip  ties. All I could see was a cut across her forehead and blood running  down.’

Mrs Rappl called police and the woman was  treated at hospital after she was cut on the stomach and arms.

She was being housed at an emergency shelter  and had asked that her identity not be released.

The local community banded together in a  vigil organized by a local LGBT group on Sunday night. More than 500 people  attended to show their outrage at the attack and support for the victim.

Mayor Chris Beutler said authorities would do  everything to ensure justice is done and denounced violence directed at any  group.

Katie Flood, a spokeswoman for the Lincoln  Police Department, said that ‘multiple detectives’ are working on the case, but  the department does not want to release many details this early in the  investigation.

‘Doing so could compromise our ability to  conduct quality suspect interviews at a later date,’ she said. Nothing was  reported stolen from the home.

The hate crime comes in the wake of public  debate over the city’s fairness amendment, a proposal to ban discrimination in  housing and employment based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender  identity.

The city council approved the measure in May  but opponents obtained enough signatures to keep it from going into effect  before an as-yet unscheduled public vote.

‘It was the talk of the town,’ said Tyler  Richard, president of Outlinc, a Lincoln gay rights support group. He said  public comments to the council about the ordinance have run in favor of keeping  it.

Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city, approved  anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender residents in  March.

Richard, who attended Sunday’s vigil, said  Outlinc has ‘full faith’ in the Lincoln Police Department, which he said has a  long history of support for the city’s gay and lesbian community.

‘We trust that their investigation will be  fair and complete and we await the results,’ Richard said in a statement.

‘As we consider the possible impetus for this  horrific attack we are reminded more than ever why fairness is vital in our  city.’

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