It is impossible to comprehend this kind of senseless tragedy, a tragedy resulting from ignorance and fear.
Larry was evidently beautiful soul and courageous. At the high school at which I taught, we had a gay student very much like Larry. This boy wore girls' clothes, make-up, jewelry. Luckily, nothing tragic happened to him. But it could have.
Sweet and courageous gay youth are just simply not safe. . .anywhere.
What will it take for them to be loved, cherished, valued and honored to the extent that any other beautiful child is?
My daughter is gay. She is one of the finest people I know. She, however, is no safer than Larry was because she presents herself very boyishly. When first meeting her, a person is often intimidated but upon getting to know her, finds someone soft and gentle.
That is rather the point, isn't it? Why do the homophobes perceive gays to be less than or other than human?
Fear again. Ignorance.
I am so sorry for the family's loss. For our loss.