New Yorkers march to memorialize slain gay rights activist

By Stephen C. Webster
Saturday, November 17, 2012 19:48 EDT
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Slain New York gay rights activist Lou Rispoli. Photo: Screenshot via WPIX-TV in New York.
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Dozens of New Yorkers took to the streets of Queens on Saturday night to mark the one month anniversary of the murder of Lou Rispoli, a gay rights activist well known in the community.

He was reportedly attacked on October 20 by three men, who struck him on the head with a blunt object. Rispoli died five days later. They story didn’t get much press coverage, however, because it happened just before Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard.

“That such a man, whose life has touched so many so deeply, should be struck down so violently is incomprehensible to us,” family members said in a prepared statement a day before Rispoli’s death. “And as Lou lays dying surrounded by those who love him, we find ourselves speechless with grief and disbelief.”

Authorities have yet to name any suspects, and the crime remains unsolved. Police are offering a $22,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

This video is from WPIX-TV in New York City, broadcast on Saturday, November 17, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via WPIX-TV in New York.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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