Justice for brutally attacked Amadeo Quindara

Quindara’s Facebook page

Amadeo Quindara, a 75-year-old Filipino man, was mercilessly attacked by his neighbor on May 30, 2023, in Clark County, Nevada, according to a statement from the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA).

While  Quindara survived the attack, he will forever be traumatized by the brutal assault he suffered from suspect, Christian Lentz, 44. The video evidence showed Lentz yelling racial slurs and telling the senior to “be on a ventilator.”

“I am recovering and all I want is peaceful justice,” writes Quindara on his Facebook page.

Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson announced on June 16 the filing of a criminal complaint charging Lentz with Residential Burglary and Elder Abuse perpetrated as hate crimes.

The news release said the victim was attacked inside the garage of his Mountain’s Edge home on May 30, 2023. Lentz was arrested following the incident.

“We will not tolerate such horrible acts of hatred and violence in our community,” said District Attorney Wolfson. “These actions are unacceptable and will have consequences.”

If convicted, Residential Burglary perpetrated as a hate crime carries a sentence of not less than one year and a maximum term of not more than 10 years plus a consecutive sentence of not less than one year and a maximum term of not more than 10 years.

Quindara suffered bruises to his face, deep cuts on his head, and a black eye due to multiple punches from the suspect. To add further trauma, the suspect yelled “Die” multiple times at Quindara after he was slammed to the ground.

NaFFAA President Mariela Fletcher: ‘Let us work together to end this.’

The suspect is scheduled to return to court on July 3.

NaFFAA said it stands in solidarity with the Quindara family in its ongoing fight for justice. Desert Mountain Regional President Sally Balecha commented, “Our Filipino Americans should not live in fear, particularly our manongs and manangs. They have been through a lot already, and Tatay Amadeo does not deserve to be treated like this.”

Jacque de Joya, Nevada State president, added, “We ask for help from our elected leaders and local authorities in the Las Vegas area and ensure justice is served. We call for increased protection for our elderlies to avoid this from happening again.”

Mindie Lloyd of Bamboo Bridges, NaFFAA’s partner organization that builds collaborations among Asian-Pacific American communities, shared, “We stand with the victims and their families. This senseless violence fueled by hate has to stop now.”

NaFFAA Nevada is scheduled to hold a “Rally Against Asian Hate” to call for justice for Quindara on June 29. NaFFAA is grateful to SEIU and other partners for spearheading this action.

NaFFAA President Mariela Fletcher, who will be flying to join the rally said,  “It will take a collaborative effort among Asian American groups to empower more than 4.2 million Filipino Americans and combat Asian hate in this country. Let us work together to end this!”

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