Lawrence King was 15 years old.
He was somebody’s baby and somebody’s friend.
He was loved and cared for but he was also taunted and bullied for being gay.
On Feb 12 Lawrence King was shot in the head while working in his school’s computer lab.
He was declared brain dead the next day.
A 14 year old fellow student is being charged with the murder of Lawrence King. It is alleged that Lawrence King was targeted because he was gay and prosecutors have filed murder charges against the suspect with the additional allegation of a hate crime.
Hate, fear and bigotry have turned a junior high school into a crime scene and a young man into murder victim and I can’t help but think that Lawrence King was somebody’s baby before he was a headline. He was somebody’s friend before he was the victim of a hate crime.
Now, those who knew him and loved him mourn the loss of him because Lawrence King will forever be 15 years old.
Somebody’s baby…full of the promise that is a life yet to be lived.
Somebody’s friend…with so much of the happiness and joy of it all yet to be experienced.
In St. Louis there will be a vigil and candlelight walk in remembrance of Lawrence King Wednesday, February 27th at 6:45pm at Mokabe’s. The vigil will be held indoors unless the weather allows otherwise. The candlelight walk will take place afterwards.
May God have mercy…