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DALLAS Dallas police are looking for a group of men who assaulted two men near Dallas' gay bars early Saturday morning.

Friends Kyle and Alex (who asked that their last names be withheld) were walking to the bars on Cedar Springs Road when they said they were attacked by several men armed with baseball bats.

I was sending a text and got hit in the head with something really hard, said Kyle, 28. Even if I had something to protect myself, I wouldn't be able to use it... I didn't even know they were there.

The men pushed both Kyle and Alex to the ground and began kicking and hitting them with the bats.

Kyle was knocked out, but Alex said the men used homophobic slurs, and didn't ask for money before lashing out.

They pushed us to the ground and they had baseball bats and I heard them say, 'F*****s, give us your f*****g wallets,' Alex recalled. I thought I was going to die; I thought they were going to try and kill us.

The four suspects described only as Latin males wearing white tank tops fled with the wallets and cell phones of Kyle and Alex.

Dallas police say they consider this attack only a robbery and not a hate crime. Alex disagrees.

I still feel like that was why we were targeted in the first place, because we are gay, he said. It was like it was funny to them.

The assault raises deep concerns with neighborhood leaders, who say this is the first serious attack in years.

I think we'll probably send out notices to everyone in the neighborhood to be aware, said Rick Barton of the Cedar Springs Merchants Association.

It's a lesson Kyle wanted to share with others.

I think that things could have been worse, he said. I thank God it wasn't worse.

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