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Vigil Held For Gay Man Shot And Killed In Greenwich Village

Vigil4Late last night, hundreds attended a candlelight vigil in Greenwich Village to remember Mark Carson, who was shot and killed in a hate crime just 12 hours earlier. The crowd shouted: "Say his name: "Mark Carson, Mark Carson, Mark Carson!"

MarkcarsonA rally demanding an end to hate crimes against the LGBT community will take place in NYC tomorrow. It will begin at the LGBT Community Center (208 W 13th St) at 5:30PM and continue with a march to the murder scene on West 8th Street and 6th Avenue. There, participants will rally at 6:00 pm.

The NY Times describes the victim:

Mr. Carson, who was 32, had recently moved to Brooklyn from Harlem after scrimping and saving money from his job at a yogurt shop in Midtown, according to Kay Allen, a friend for more than a decade.

“He was a proud gay man,” Ms. Allen said. “A fabulous gay man.” She noted that he loved going to the Village. “His spirit was too big for this city,” she said. “He didn’t have a negative bone in his body.”

Carson's father was interviewed by The NY Post:

“I thought that kind of hate stuff was gone, but I see that it’s not,” the victim’s distraught father, Mark Carson Sr., told The Post. “It’s simply ridiculous. People are what people are. They do what they do. You can’t knock down who people are.”

CBS2 reports that the suspect was uncooperative after his arrest, shortly after the shooting:

Elliot Morales, 33, was charged with Second Degree Murder As A Hate Crime, as well as Criminal Possession Of A Weapon on Saturday. Morales had been in custody but refused to give his name. He was eventually identified by police using facial recognition technology.

Police are still searching for two people who were with Morales' just before and during the shooting. Also, police officials reiterated that the killing was indeed sparked by hate:

“This fully looks to be a hate crime; a bias crime,” Commissioner Kelly said. “There were no words that would aggravate the situation that were spoken by the victims. They did not know the confronter. There was no previous relationship.”

Carson's murder is the latest in a concernig spike of anti-gay crimes in the city:

Mr. Kelly said there had been a rise in bias-related crimes in New York City this year — 22 compared with 13 during the same period last year. In just the past three weeks, there have been five attacks directed at gay men, including a vicious assault on a gay couple outside Madison Square Garden on May 5.

Timothy Lunceford, 56, who has lived in the West Village for 35 years, said he believed the killing was a brazen display of a kind of intolerance he had not known in New York for decades. “It’s outrageous,” he said. “They say we’ve worked through homophobia, but it’s not gone away. It’s just not usually as out there in the open like it was this morning.”

Watch video of last night's vigil, AFTER THE JUMP.

UPDATE: Morales' two companions have been questioned by police: 

“The two individuals who were with the shooter – they have been questioned and they have been released,” Kelly said Sunday. “They’re cooperating. They’re telling investigators what they know of the events.”

Top image by Joe Jervis

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  1. I'm tired of 'vigils' being held after every violent crime incident. It's become something like a scene or social event, almost attention wh*rish in nature.

    After the recent bombings in Boston, there was [and still is] a wave of people coming into the area where it happened just because I guess it's exciting to be in a place where bombs went off and people were killed and had their legs blown off. They stand around with smiles on their faces, having their pics taken at the scene. Or they have these vigils where mostly people who had nothing to do with a particular incident, attend, and they cry and place teddy bears, candles, and cards at a 'shrine'. I think it's all getting kind of creepy.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 19, 2013 11:33:01 AM

  2. I'm tired of ratbastard's post.

    GET LOST!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 19, 2013 11:46:47 AM

  3. Tell us more about things that you feel creepy or tired of. It soothes me to see people getting frustrated of what others do that has nothing to do with them.

    Posted by: PE | May 19, 2013 11:48:42 AM

  4. Mr. Ehrenstein, you are what's known in simple English as intolerant. You are intolerant of any viewpoint that contradicts yours. Although you demand tolerance of your views.


    What did I say exactly that so offended you? Because I didn't post the usual predictable sh*t that a lot of people post on here when sh*t like this happens?

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 19, 2013 11:57:59 AM

  5. My heart breaks over this. I had friends who attended last night - wish I could have been there. We're strong when we stand together and unite in joy and grief.

    Here's a story about a vigil being held for a young man murdered due to an ongoing culture of hatred and prejudice. And our resident troll comes in to be little bi**h.

    rat, this is why your family hates your guts. because you're a worthless excuse for a human being, with no spine and no balls. why CAN'T you post a link that shows who you are, eh?

    your dad is apparently dead, according to this name you use, so it's not like he's around to be embarrassed by you anymore.

    so, why not finally one-up me like you always wished you could by Outing yourself, and showing who you are?

    what's that? you can't? because you're beyond unimpressive and have no balls? well, that's to be expected.

    we lost a young man in a violent crime. and it's sad. if you'd been killed there wouldn't have been a vigil, there'd have been a wave of relief that we had one less loser to deal with.

    feel free to be unpredictable and finally show yourself. or continue being exactly what everyone on here knows you to be: a loser so worthless and unloved that spewing hate anonymously online is the only distraction you have from killing yourself.

    RIP Mark Carson - and know that both LGBT people and our allies with integrity will never hide away in the shadows when faced with hatred and prejudice.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 12:20:03 PM

  6. ratbastard isn't loved by a single person on this planet.

    Posted by: Reality | May 19, 2013 12:29:47 PM

  7. Rat has a point. Kiwis bullying with someone he doesnt agree with per usual. Ho him another day on tlrd.

    Posted by: Munro | May 19, 2013 12:43:37 PM

  8. ratbastard people all deal with grief in different ways- we all process things differently. i myself have never been to a vigil and likely never would go to one, but don't think others should be judged for wanting to feel connected or solidarity with a larger community.

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | May 19, 2013 12:48:26 PM

  9. Reading the post I had a similar thought -- another vigil? I have to agree with the Bostonian on this one. Of course Kiwi had friends there. He writes essays to himself, pity there is no teacher to grade them He always mentions "killing yourself." Think he has issues with that. He speaks for "all gay people" of course. Rat has his own opinions. People from Boston have an edge and are not afraid of cutting through the bull. Token sentiment is transparent. I should know. I was raised there.

    Posted by: BE | May 19, 2013 1:07:23 PM

  10. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young man killed by this pitiful excuse for a human

    Posted by: bructer | May 19, 2013 1:19:05 PM

  11. There's good reason for us to be hurt & angry...but not at each other please. We're starting to look just like "them". Rat & Kiwi...just kiss & make up already!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | May 19, 2013 1:29:33 PM

  12. Of course I had friends there, troll; my friends are not only proud to be gay, my non-gay friends stand in solidarity and support with all of us. it aint my fault not a soul in your own life cares about you.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 1:30:18 PM

  13. well, it's to be expected: when a cowardly internet troll sees a story about complete strangers getting together to honour and remember someone killed by senseless hateful violence, it makes them angry. why? because if they got killed, even their own close acquaintances wouldn't shed a tear.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 1:40:23 PM

  14. You're whacked Kiwi. Time to pack up your illusions and misconceptions. You become very childlike when provoked. "No one cares?" Boo hoo. Get real. Realize that there was gay before Kiwi. You have an undeserved aura of specialness.

    Posted by: BE | May 19, 2013 1:59:29 PM

  15. none of that made any sense. i can see the thin air in that closed affects your thinking. quel surprise.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 2:09:02 PM

  16. And you have an undeserved aura of adequacy, BE.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 19, 2013 2:10:25 PM

  17. OK...let's move on to the real issue's not about Rat & Kiwi...remember what this is really about. They're killing us and we need to band together. Redirect anger. We're brothers & sisters here...right?

    Posted by: PAUL B. | May 19, 2013 2:11:42 PM

  18. I'm handing our Xanex...come one, come all!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | May 19, 2013 2:14:41 PM

  19. You think everyone is in the closet. It's such a cliche and amusing.
    It's not about the victim, it's about you isn't it? Just yanking your chain. Do you live online Kiwi?

    Posted by: BE | May 19, 2013 2:19:48 PM

  20. Fight Club styled memorials. What a disgrace. Why not have a Harlem Shuffle memorial, since he was from Harlem?

    Posted by: Kev C | May 19, 2013 2:27:46 PM

  21. the vigil is about the victim. it's about all of the victims of anti-gay hatred. including your closeted self. after all, it's the hatred that killed this young man that has turned you into the coward you are right now.

    this is why whenever stories like this are posted, some anonymous loser has to come on to whine. it's textbook.

    all you have is your anonymity. and that's brutally sad.

    to all those who refuse to hide, you're doing the right thing.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 2:28:08 PM

  22. Seriously though, kiwi lives to cyber bully anyone with a divergent opinion or experience than his own by calling them cowards and trolls and telling them to kill themselves. Here's a thought, take some of your own advice. Here's another: log off the computer and spend sometime outside of your echo chamber.

    Posted by: Munro | May 19, 2013 2:32:00 PM

  23. feel free to prove me wrong by showing how non-cowardly you are: put a face to your idiocy.

    i like spending time in the real world:

    like at this.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 2:37:57 PM

  24. Ugh, Jesus ratbastard. Do care about anyone or anything gay? Name one single thing you've done to advance the cause of gay rights, other then criticize others behind a computer screen.

    Posted by: Frank | May 19, 2013 3:15:14 PM

  25. jesus mary...don't we have something more important to share today? how about the real victims, not the moaning mertyls! (spelling?)

    Posted by: PAUL B. | May 19, 2013 3:36:11 PM

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