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Friday, December 28, 2007

African-American Gay Community Scared Over Deaths

I often would stay very clear away from this subject. The reason being that this can get very touchy. Whatever my POV on this or other's POV on homosexuality, you would have to see this as unfortunate. Though at this moment we don't know if these victims' sexual preference was a reason they were targets.

BTW, this story directly mentions the Trinity Church choir director that was killed over the weekend. More from CBS2...
Activists fear gay African-Americans are being targeted for murder. Two openly gay men were killed recently on the South Side, as CBS 2's Mike Parker reports.

African-American gay and lesbian groups are talking about the murders of two openly gay Black men in the past month.

On November 17, 24-year-old Larry Bland was shot to death in his Englewood home. Bland, a security guard at Northwestern Hospital was shot more than once after struggling with a man who had entered the house through an unlocked basement door.

Then on December 23, 47-year-old Donald Young, the choir director at Trinity United Church of Christ, was shot multiple times in his South Side apartment. His roommate found his body.

"We're calling on the police department to let the community know what's going on," said Marc Loveless of the Coalition for Justice and Respect. "Are we under attack? Is this a serial killer?"

Chicago Police Department Acting Sept. Dana Starks said, "I understand the concerns of any group, any community when it comes to homicide. As of right now, I cannot say whether there is a connection."

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