Troubling news from Chicago where we spend the holidays with family. A video report from FOX 32 profiles a grieving mother pleading for answers in the death of her gay son.
Two weeks ago on November 17, twenty-four-year-old Larry Bland was killed in his home on the city's Chicago's South Side. Bland was shot in the head and police report "no leads" but his mother believes this was a result off an online hookup.
Josephine Bland says her son was "consumed" with online hookup sites such as Adam4Adam—video HERE—where he spent hours every day and often invited men into the home he owned. The mom was so disturbed by the behavior she eventually moved out. "I said if you don't stay off the party line," Bland says. "I'm moving out. And that's what I did, he was on every day, all day."
The grieving mother says her deceased rented out the first floor apartment to help pay the mortgage, and, both apartments frequently hosted "young boys and grown men" at all hours.
The video is especially compelling at the end because Ms. Bland is in tears. "I just want to know who killed my son," she cries. "I'm praying for them and I'm praying for my family."
Adam4Adam, fortunately or unfortunately, has become the go-to site for gay black men. A weekend report in The New York Times describes the lack of black gay community and life in Newark, New Jersey, but, finds 500 active A4A members in the Brick City. The online hookup site also featured prominently in the Michael Sandy murder case because the would-be-killers trolled the chatroom looking for potential victims. They eventually lured Michael Sandy to his death.