Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Monday, January 08, 2007

'Person of interest' sought in shootings of six Chicago gay men

source: The Advocate

Local authorities investigating the New Year’s Day shootings of six gay men in Chicago have new leads that suggest it was not a hate crime but the result of a "personal feud or rivalry ." One of those new leads is a cell phone photo or video that has detectives searching for a "person of interest," Advocate.com has learned exclusively.

"Someone didn't like someone else," one city official close to the investigation told Advocate.com. "To settle the score, one young man left the party and returned with one or more friends and guns."

Six men were wounded after masked gunmen reportedly broke into a house party and opened gunfire on a crowd of up to one hundred men on New Year's Day morning. Police initially suspected a bias motive because the home was known throughout the South Side neighborhood as "the gay house" because of the frequent parties and its visitors.

(Rod McCullom, The Advocate)


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