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Three Black Gay Men Killed in New Orleans

December 25, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Felix Pearson, age 19, Kenneth Monroe, age 27, and Darriel Wilson, age 20 were murdered in their residence in New Orleans on December 11, 2008.  The men were found on December 13, 2008 after someone reported seeing part of a man’s body on the floor threw a window.  The initial reports indicate that the three men were gay and one possibly a transgendered person.  Although the reason for the murder is currently unknown, the investigation has not ruled out a hate crime.

Violence against LGBT people has risen dramatically since the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and Florida’s Amendment 2, largely in part due to the community outrage over the civil rights violations.

Regrettably, such violence is likely to continue to increase.  With the ideology that homosexuals deserve to die and that their “blood will be on their hands [heads]”, compassion for these crimes only exists among a minority of LGBT people and their straight allies.

Although in some parts of the country, such as California, straight allies and LGBT people compromise only a slight majority, in the Southern parts of the United States the statistics are frightening.  In Texas, for example, 72% of people are against homosexual equality leaving a meager 28% who defend LGBT people from such hate and violence.

The statistic is taken from the vote to ban “gay” marriage in Texas.  Although a slight leap from violence to marriage equality, the fact remains that those that do not support full equality for all people are encouraging the negative treatment of homosexuals and, although potentially unwittingly, “condoning” poor treatment of LGBT people.

For more information on the murders of these three individuals, please see Three Black Gay Men Killed in New Orleans, Police Hunt for Suspects.

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6 Comments to “Three Black Gay Men Killed in New Orleans”


  1. Chester Bannister says:

    “Violence against LGBT people has risen dramatically since the passage of California’s Proposition 8 and Florida’s Amendment 2”

    Hi Jay–

    I am wondering where I would find the data to back up this claim.

    Thanks

    CB

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    • Hi Chester and thanks for your question. I wish I could say there was an official Federal report regarding this; however, there was not – at least until the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act makes it through the legislative process. The way I determined this was not as scientific asis by searching the date range for 2007 from Nov. 4 to Dec 25 and did the same for 2008. I then took records of 2008 from Nov. 4 – Dec. 25 and found that the reported incidents were significantly higher (albeit still many go unreported and it is possible that in 2007, because of lack of media attention, fewer people were reporting these crimes).

      There is also an excellent article from the Associated Press at http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g0tgjx7dlBDo3u1B5OucJxAgNicAD958P3700 which states:

      “[Advocates] do not know whether the threats, beatings and murders reflect a true rise in attacks or increased reporting of hate-based crimes that persist even as gays gain greater visibility and legal protections.”

      Based upon the reports I have read, I think it is obvious that the numbers reported are MUCH higher.

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  2. Jonathan Haley says:

    Hey one of the victims was a very close friend of mine. He and i grew up together and later dated for some time. If you have any information about whether or not the case is still under investigation or not. thnanks.
    Jonathan

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  3. Jonathan Haley says:

    Hey one of the victims was a very close friend of mine. He and i grew up together and later dated for some time. If you have any information about whether or not the case is still under investigation or not. thnanks.
    Jonathan

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  4. Thanks for posting this. Felix Pearson is my cousin. I’ve been tryin to figure out if the police department had solved their case. His parents disowned him, so it’s kinda hard to get information. If you get any info please let me know. And to the Monroe and Wilson family, I’m so sorry for your lost. We will get justice.

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  5. Lola Sanderson says:

    Darriel was a great young man, just discovering himself and living a free life. He was talented, smart, funny; I loved being around him. I would love to know if any progress has been made in finding this very evil person who killed these 3 young men. If not, no doubt they have killed again….God bless Darriel.

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