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More Violence in Ft. Lauderdale

Jim Burroway

March 2nd, 2008

Simmie WilliamsSimmie Williams Jr., 17, was shot and killed in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl as week ago. He was dressed in drag when he was shot on February 22. He died later at Broward General Medical Center. Police are still investigating.

Melbourne BrunnerThe following evening, a gay couple was attacked and beaten at an outdoor restaurant. A man walked past their table when Melbourne Brunner’s partner, Mitchell Mart, said “Good morning.” Moments later, the man returned, yelling, “Are you looking at me, you faggot? You know what I do to faggots? I break their necks!” The couple asked for their check and left. They were attacked as they were getting into their car.

On Thursday, community LGBT leaders gathered for a vigil for Simmie Williams and called for an end to violence against gays and lesbians. Following the vigil, about 120 people, including Melbourne Brunner, gathered at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Fort Lauderdale for a forum to discuss the attacks.

Last summer, Ft. Lauderdale’s mayor Jim Naugle ratcheted up local anti-gay sentiments by hyping the epidemic of sex in public restrooms — an “epidemic” which local police say simply doesn’t exist.

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David
March 2nd, 2008 | LINK

When I saw this post’s headline I expected to read about yet another attack.

You’ve already reported on the crimes against Williams and Brunner. Where is the “more” part?

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