Another week and another case of senseless and fatal violence against a young black gay man. The very latest case was Friday night in Syracuse, New York. Police say Moses "Teish" Cannon was gunned down with a .22-caliber rifle Friday because the shooter "didn't like that Cannon was openly gay."
Detectives say 22-year-old Cannon and his 18-year-old brother Mark Cannon were shot as they sat in their car in front of a home where they had been invited to a party. One of the guests, Dwight R. DeLee, did not want the Cannon brothers inside the party simply because both were gay. The Post-Standard:
DeLee went into the home at 411 Seymour St. to get the rifle after guests at the party started "making profane and vulgar comments in regards to the sexual preference of our two victims," police Chief Gary Miguel said.
"There was no previous argument between these individuals, there was no previous fight, there was no bad blood," Miguel said. "Our suspect took a rifle and shot and killed this person, also wounding his brother, for the sole reason he didn't care for the sexual preference of our victim. Isn't that sad? Isn't that a sad situation that that's the sole reason why?"
Moses Canon's family is outraged and his mother believes her son was lured to his death. Another report says Roxanne Green later received a phone from a woman said "her son was shot because the shooter objected to his sexual orientation." The family wants this case investigated as a hate crime. "This death was senseless, and I'm very angry," says the distraught mother.
Lee faces second degree murder charges. The district attorney has not said if they will prosecute this as a hate crime.
Cannon's family accepted his sexual orientation. The Post-Standard reports "pictures of Cannon in women's clothing were on display in the family's living room, and the family selected one" for the newspaper to publish."
Moses Cannon's sexuality and life was good enough for his family and his loved ones. But it was not good enough for someone who didn't even know him .. who took offense and grabbed a rifle. The wrong message is continues to be sent from parents, schools, churches and the media if our young black men continue to believe they can grab a gun and shoot someone for simply being gay. Shameful.
Thanks VINCE S