It has been four years since the death of Rashawn Brazell.
On the day of February 14, 2005, the 19-year-old black gay Brooklyn man left his home with his résumés prepared to go job hunting. He was never seen again. During the following weeks, parts of his dismembered limbs and were discovered in trash bags in a subway tunnel and in a recycling plant in Brooklyn. In the four year investigation there have been no leads and no arrests. "We still don't know where he got killed, or why," a senior investigator told The New York Times on the one year anniversary. "It's frustrating."
As is often the case in the disappearance or killing of young black LGBT men and women, the story was initially ignored by most mainstream and gay media. Months later it gained some traction. The young black gay man's memory lives on through the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Four years and nothing. Will detectives ever find the killer?
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