One week after the murder of a 17-year-old black gay teenager, family, friends and members of the Fort Lauderdale gay community hold a vigil to remember the young man who was possibly gunned down because he was wearing a dress at the time.
More than 100 mourners remembered Simmie Williams Jr. on the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard, the same corner where he was gunned down by two young men exactly one week ago. "We just want to know why someone would do that to him when he was a very quiet person, and he never talked to anybody," Shannon Terry tells WSVN-TV. Video.
Williams' mom, Denise King, seen next to Matt Foreman of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in video by the Sun-Sentinel, stood "silently with a picture of her son in one hand and a bouquet of flowers in the other. A tear ran down her right cheek as activists began to speak." Ms. King does not speak with reporters. How can she? The moment is too painful.
It's worth noting the mayor of Fort Lauderdale is a rabidly vocal critic of the gays. Last summer Mayor Jim Naugle mounted a ridiculous crusade to install automated public toilets to deter public restroom sex on the beaches—except police never arrested anyone for having sex in restrooms. The Bible-beating and anti-gay homo hysteria create an atmosphere where anti-gay violence is deemed acceptable.
There is a $10,000 reward for arrests in the Williams case and police "suspect the two unknown men shot and killed the 17-year-old possibly
because of the fact he had donned women's clothing and was openly gay." You don't say ...
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