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Police offer reward for information about killing of gay community leader

Community mourns death of activist Lou Rispoli
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Law enforcement officials in New York City are offering $22,000 for information concerning the murder of Lou Rispoli. The gay activist was attacked approximately a week ago, 20 Oct, by two unidentified men.

According to witnesses, Rispoli was walking in his neighborhood Sunnyside, Queens, where he lived for 30 years, when unknown assailants struck him in the head with a blunt object. He was transported to hospital, but was removed from life support. Two days ago, 26 Oct., the victim's local representative, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, announced Rispoli had died.

As reported by Gay City News, the activist cooked and delivered meals to people with AIDS who lived in his neighborhood. His political work began in the 1970s with involvement in the Gay Academic Union. He was secretary for gay composer Virgil Thomson. In August 2011, he married his partner of 31 years and the pair have raised two daughters.

“Lou was a proud gay man,' Van Bramer said at the press conference announcing the reward. 'He fought for full equality for our community. But I don’t know if he was attacked because he was a gay man. This is a good and safe neighborhood where gay men and lesbians can walk the streets and be who they are.'

Presently, police officials are not releasing details, expect to ask anyone with information to contact the New York Police Department’s Crime Stoppers Hotline.

Rispoli was 62 years old.

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