Monday, August 5, 2013

Vandalism at New Orleans Gay Activist’s Home Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

The NOPD, along with the FBI, are investigating a hate crime caught on tape.

Security cameras caught a man vandalizing a gay couple's home on Julia Street just after 1 a.m. Saturday. The video showed a man getting out of a vehicle, using a ladder to remove a gay pride flag and then returning to spray paint words on their wall.

It was same flag John Hill and his fiance John Weimer Jr. held high just last month during a rally of support for the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. 

"John and I were waving it around and were photographed kissing in front of our flag," said John Hill. "So it was kind of a special flag that we wanted to have around for our wedding in New York." 

The couple woke up Saturday to find not only the flag missing,but cruel words spray painted on their home. 

"It really felt like I was getting kicked in the gut again," said Hill who is a local activist for the LGBT community and was, until recently, the chairman of the Forum for Equality. 

"I find it just crazy that people have that much hate in their heart," said his partner John Weimer Jr. "I am just a normal person and I live my life just like a normal person." 

What was especially startling to the couple was the deliberate nature of the crime. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...