New Yorkers march to memorialize slain gay rights activist
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.