Suspected Hate Crime Ends The Life of 15 Year Old

ImageImage (UPDATE: Click on READ MORE at the end of this paragraph for the latest details, including a CANDLELIGHT VIGIL to be held here in FRESNO on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH) Lawrence King, 15, a junior high school student in Oxnard, Calif. was shot at E.O. Green Junior High School on Feb. 12, 2008 and pronounced brain dead on Feb. 13, 2008. According to reports from friends of Lawrence King speaking to The Los Angeles Times, the victim self-identified as gay, sometimes wore make-up and feminine jewelry, and was the target of ridicule by some of his classmates. Check out more of the story here: and here: AP Story
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UPDATE: King was shot Tuesday morning inside a computer lab at the school. He was declared brain dead on Wednesday and taken off life support Thursday night. Prosecutors have charged a classmate, Brandon McInerney, 14, with first-degree murder and committing a hate crime and want him tried as an adult.

You can read the latest on the story here:
Ventura County Star Newspaper Article

On Friday, February 15th, a Candlelight Vigil was held in King’s honor in Ventura.
You can watch the video here:
Ventura County Star Candlelight Vigil Video

GSA has issued a press release. You can read it here:
GSA Network Press Release

There will be a Candlelight Vigil here in Fresno in memory of Lawrence King on February 20th.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Time: 7 pm
Location: Corner of Shaw & Blackstone
Questions: 559-268-2780
Co-Sponsored By: GSA Network, Community Link, Fresno City College Diversity Club

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