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Murdered U.S. Queers Archives

U.S.A. Queers murdered since October 12, 1998
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This list of murdered Queers is one of our most visited sections. It contains information on every gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or intersexed person we are aware of who has been murdered since Matthew Shepard was killed on October 12, 1998. We also include people who were murdered because their killers thought they were Queer . Some pictures are included but we need many more. If you have any pictures to add, if we have left anyone out, or if you have more information we can add, please email Allan.

It has been said that we made Matthew Shepard unwillingly into a media ambassador during and after the five days it took for him to die. Matthew Shepard was an imperfect, great gay guy, on track to become a world class ambassador of some kind. That was a major dream for him. He was also probably a "nester" regarding family values. He was murdered in a crime of opportunity by violent heterosexual people who had dehumanized gay people. He wouldn't have been targeted by his murderers that day if he was a heterosexual; a human being.

His murderers had no history of kidnapping, torture, murder, or armed robbery. Out of all of the GLIBT people murdered because they are Queer, we did not choose Matthew Shepard to use as our ambassador because of politics. He became an ambassador all on his own, to speak about these murders, as life and death would have it.

Our own creative, huge-winged "angels" used sheets to block Fred Phelps and his supporters from the sight of those attending the funeral services for Matthew Shepard. Fred's "protest" at the funeral was reported on, and "tut-tut"-ed over, but there were no supportive heterosexual counter-protests, or roaring motorcycles to drown out their vile shouts. Nor were they there for the many years Fred continued picketing our funerals. The heterosexuals did not act against Fred until he was picketing the funerals of dead U.S. military members.

During the five days it took for Matthew Shepard to die, and after, no one else was more suited or willing to speak on his behalf, and about the ongoing threats to ours. Part of his parents' journeys since his murder have been shared by them with us, keeping alive Matthew's memory and work. He's doing great as our Ambassador, and we'll eventually have the "Matthew Shepard" anti-bias crimes legislation to record one of his accomplishments.

What a day of accomplishment and grief that will be for his parents.

It has been said that anti-Queer murders are rare, that we "used" photogenic Matthew Shepard -- sort of picked him out of a line-up composed of all of the gays murdered around that time as a "pretty white boy martyr" (a very contradictory proposition: a line-up of coincidentally and politically timely murdered rarities) -- to advance our dangerous gay agenda toward the Constitutionally mandated protection of our equal rights.

These pages began as a demonstration to you and us (even an erratic one) that murders of gay people in the U.S.A. -- for that reason -- are not rare.

Robbie Kirkland, suicide at 14
one of too many Queer teen suicides
George W. ("The Wimp") Bush Tried to Suppress This Information
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a 1989 "Report on the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide," which found that "A majority of suicide attempts by homosexuals occur during their youth, and gay youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people. They may comprise up to 30% of completed youth suicides annually" of the estimated 5,000 at the time.

The report recommended that "mental health and youth service agencies can provide acceptance and support for young homosexuals, train their personnel on gay issues, and provide appropriate gay adult role models; schools can protect gay youth from abuse from their peers and provide accurate information about homosexuality in health curricula; families should accept their child and work toward educating themselves about the development and nature of homosexuality."

The report was suppressed by the Bush administration but was later leaked to the media. William Dannemeyer, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, called for then-president Bush to "dismiss from public service all persons still employed who concocted this homosexual pledge of allegiance and sealed the lid on these misjudgments for good." HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan wrote in a letter to Dannemeyer that the study "undermined the institution of the family."

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Name, Age
City, State
Matthew Shepard
Matthew Shepard
Laramie, Wyoming Oct 12 1998 Beaten viciously, left for dead tied to fence overnight in freezing weather on Oct. 7; died 5 days later 2 killers, 2 accessories caught; max. sentenced: life, no parole
Rita Hester
Rita Hester, 34
Boston, Mass. Nov 28 1998 Stabbed 20 times No killer caught
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Clay Jacquin
Detroit, Michigan Dec 13 1998 Beaten to death No killer caught
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Harold Jack Eisenhuth II
Eldora, Colorado Jan 09 1999 Bludgeoned to death with hammer need info
Lauryn Paige
Lauryn Paige, 18
(formerly Donald Scott Fuller)
Austin, Texas Jan 09 1999 Stabbed 60 times in head and torso, one cut in her throat was 9 inches long and 3 inches wide, nearly decapitating her Gamaliel Coria pleaded guilty, avoided life/death; 40 years, must serve 20
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Laaron "Larry" Morris, 28
Kevin Tryals, 30
Texas City, Texas Jan 17 1999 Both shot to death; 1994 Ford Mustang burned with Morris inside. Wallets, jewelry not taken either. Witnesses place them at a club in the 6100 block of FM 1765 around 2:30 a.m. Bodies found four hours later near Loop 197 South, but within a few days police declared "no evidence" of hate crime. Sister, Gwendolyn Tryals, continues to lobby for bias crimes law No killers caught
Troy Hoskins
Troy Hoskins
New York City, NY Jan 21 1999 Found murdered in his apartment No killer caught; reward offered
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Steve Dwayne Garcia
Houston, Texas Feb 06 1999 Shot to death No killer caught
Robert Eads
Robert Eads, 53
Atlanta, Georgia Feb 17 1999 Turned away from 20 doctors and clinics because he was a transman, treatment finally arrived, but too late No doctors prosecuted
Billy Jack Gaither
Billy Jack Gaither
Sylacauga, Alabama Feb 19 1999 Throat slashed, skull fractured with axe handle, body burned on pile of tires soaked with kerosene 2 killers caught; max sentenced: life, no parole
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Alden Hill
Lansing, Michigan Feb 21 1999 Gunshots to head and chest Simaj Dion Beal, 20, tried "gay panic defense; convicted of 1st-degree murder: life, no parole
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Unknown male-to-female transgendered woman
Houston, Texas Feb 25 1999 Shot to death No killer caught
Henry Edward ('Eddie') Northington
Henry Edward ("Eddie") Northington
Richmond, Virginia Mar 06 1999 Beheaded; body left in secluded area; severed head placed carefully in the middle of a footbridge to popular "gay section" of public park No killer caught
Tracy Thompson
Tracy Thompson, 33 (aka Tracy Turner, Billy Joe Turner)
Cordele, Georgia Mar 30 1999 Struck in head with baseball bat so hard the bat broke in half No killer caught; call the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office at 912-647-2322 or the GBI’s Perry office at 912-987-4545
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Paul Meroski
San Juan, Puerto Rico Apr 1999 Multiple stab wounds in head, inflicted with ice pick No killer caught
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Harold McCormick
Royal Oak Township, Michigan May 07 1999 Strangled by serial killer of gay men Trial of murderer pending; see Eddie Matthews listing
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Robert Carpenter
Cohoes, New York May 10 1999 "Football hero" killer beat him down with a board after Robert had consensual oral sex with him, then crushed Robert's throat with the board David R. Linen, 20, left semen DNA; pleaded guilty to reduced charge, manslaughter: 12 years, must serve 10
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William Paige McFarland
Detroit, Michigan May 19 1999 Strangled No killer caught
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Eddie Matthews
Detroit, Michigan May 1999 Strangled by serial killer of gay men Trial of murderer pending; see Harold McCormick listing
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