BROOKLYN - The parents of a 23-year-old Brooklyn man who was brutally assaulted last year are thanking everyone who helped bring their son's attackers to justice.

Taj Patterson was attacked six months ago in Williamsburg by suspects that claimed to be members of a neighborhood watch. They allegedly beat Patterson while yelling anti-gay slurs.

Patterson's mother Zahra Patterson says that if it weren't for community members that saw her son getting attacked, things could have ended much worse.

Patterson's parents also thanked the district attorney's office and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. Their work led to last week's indictment of five men - Pinchas Braver, Joseph Freid, Mayer Herskovic, Aharon Hollander and Abraham Winkler. The five are facing gang assault in the first degree, among other charges.

Patterson did not speak, but his mother says that the 23-year-old completely lost sight in his right eye and underwent several surgeries.

If convicted, all five suspects face 25 years to life in jail.