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New Yorkers march to remember gay man murdered last week

New Yorkers march to remember gay man murdered last week

Mark Carson was remembered tonight (20 May) at the corner where he was murdered.

The march for the gay 32-year-old began at New York City’s LGBT Community Center. Approximately 1,500 people, an estimate provided by law enforcement officials, walked the Greenwich Village streets to where Carson was gunned down late last week. Included in the group leading the peaceful protest was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act Supreme Court case.

Andrew (declined to give his last name) has lived in the neighborhood, where the shooting occurred, for close to 30 years. When he saw people in the street, escorted by New York City police, he  joined in.

‘I was outraged,’ the middle aged man said when asked what he felt about the homicide. ‘Actually I was amazed that something like that is still going on. In Greenwich Village. In New York City. In 2013.’

Darnell, a man in his 20s, was in the crowd with a few friends, male and female

‘It could have been me,’ Darnell said. ‘It could have been one of my friends. That’s why I’m out here.’

The suspect is identified as Elliot Morales, 33. According to the New York Post he is charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, menacing and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Carson’s death is part of of troubling trend of anti-gay violence in the city. As reported by the New York Times, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said there has been a rise in bias related crimes. Thus far there are 22. Last year, at the same period, there were 13.

In response to this, the Anti-Violence Project is sponsoring what is called ‘Friday Community Safety Nights.’ From 24 May until the end of June the organization ‘will be out on the streets doing outreach in neighborhoods affected by anti-LGBTQ violence to raise awareness and provide people with information and safety tips.’

Below are photos from tonight’s protest.