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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 think it is offensive to use a gay man’s lynching to score some cheap points on so-called “gun control”. We all know these criminal thugs have no respect for laws in general and definitely not for "gun laws" in particular. Would it have made the rally speaker feel better if instead of a gun the homophobe had used a knife or baseball bat to murder someone he perceived as gay? The ironic part is the speaker would condemn the NYPD as “racist” if they stopped and frisked Elliot Morales for weapons before this tragedy happened.

    Posted by: Kieran | May 19, 2013 3:56:46 PM



  2. I think it is offensive to use a gay man’s lynching to score some cheap points on so-called “gun control”. We all know these criminal thugs have no respect for laws in general and definitely not for "gun laws" in particular. Would it have made the rally speaker feel better if instead of a gun the homophobe had used a knife or baseball bat to murder someone he perceived as gay? The ironic part is the speaker would condemn the NYPD as “racist” if they stopped and frisked Elliot Morales for weapons before this tragedy happened.

    Posted by: Kieran | May 19, 2013 3:56:46 PM


  3. and i think it's typical of the cowardly-right to continue to ignore america's epidemic of not only gun violence, but anti-gay prejudice.

    but as long as your right-sucking gun-lovers don't have the orbs to state your cases from a place of visibility, i'll happily take solace knowing your stupidity exists in a vacuum.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 4:08:41 PM


  4. Gays must arm themselves, and we must legally defeat the parts of our government that prevent us from doing so. vigils can be lovely things and useful for building solidarity among VICTIMS...but vigils will do NOTHING to stop the beating and killing of queer people.

    it is a disgraceful scandal that anyone dares to argue for "gun control" when we see it killing gay men by leaving us unarmed when confronting homophobic murderers.

    when you fight to keep queers unarmed, you are an ally of the most murderous homophobes...look in the mirror and despair.

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 4:29:10 PM


  5. wrong.

    the issue isn't about "gays needing guns", and only the stupidest gay men would suggest so.

    what's needed is comprehensive inclusivity education starting in elementary school.

    this man isnt' dead because "not enough gay people have guns" - this man is dead because too many politicians, religious leaders, and pathetic excuses for parents have taught their children to hate gay people.

    DUH.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 4:32:30 PM


  6. As this incident shows, guns in the hands of bad people - kill good people. And the converse is also true; guns in the hands of good people - kill bad people.

    You wouldn't be trying to protect bad people, would you, Little Kiwi?

    Posted by: Kev C | May 19, 2013 4:44:20 PM


  7. stop dancing on gay corpses, "inclusivity education" will take DECADES to bear fruit...until then some of us need to bare arms.

    your stupidity is equivalent to the fools who reflexively presume any major problem can be solved with ONE solution. at least most of those fools try to address immediate circumstances. meanwhile, trolls like "little kiwi" bray about online anonymity while they anonymously push their useless agendas.

    news of a murderous gaybasher getting his heart and lungs blasted out will do far more in the short term to deter gaybashers than all the vigils and "awareness" on Earth.

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 4:46:13 PM


  8. the solution is not for more people to become armed. the solution is for more people to become educated.

    and from the sounds of you dunces, getting educated is gonna be an uphill battle, indeed.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 4:50:18 PM


  9. Definitely attending the vigil. This murder has awakened something g
    in me. I am so saddened by the death of Mr. Carson. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. (

    Posted by: martin | May 19, 2013 4:56:16 PM


  10. i suppose what the wimpy idiot trolls are suggesting is that every time a gay person leaves the house, they should have a loaded gun on them.

    get dressed, make sure you have your phone, your wallet, make sure your outfit looks good, OH, and don't forget your gun!

    because nothing says "fun night out!" than carrying a gun on your person.

    more guns is not the solution. more education and the systematic removal of institutionalized anti-gay prejudice is the solution. as openly-gay people with spines and balls well know.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 4:57:31 PM


  11. little kiwi is just one more troll. we queers face an enemy that thinks we are subhuman and put on Earth for their malice. they think we are human bubble-wrap, to pop at will.

    no internet trolling, no candlelight vigil and no classroom lecture will stop them.

    if you choose to let yourself or your loved ones die at the hands of bigots, that is your choice...but you will not make that choice for me or for America.

    condescension is a worthless defense.

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 4:59:01 PM


  12. .....says the anonymous troll......

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:02:21 PM


  13. HAHHAHAHHAAAhahaha. my name is Jeton Ademaj.

    "Little Kiwi", what is your real and actual name? "Anonymous Troll", perhaps?

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 5:03:49 PM


  14. we go to classrooms talking to children about diversity, among many other things. what do you do?

    come online to a gay website and choose various screen names to tell people they need guns?

    *fail*

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:04:22 PM


  15. http://youtu.be/3fprm2OCZ7o

    it's the funny think about links - when you click on them you're provided with information.

    stunning and unexpected concept, i know.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:08:42 PM


  16. your efforts with Pink Pistols to get more gays to arm themselves is eye-rollingly stupid.

    the solution to violence is not for more people to become cowards who only feel safe when they walk around with a gun.

    a culture where everyone is armed is a culture that has failed.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:11:58 PM


  17. you still couldn't just call yourself "Raymond Miller", lol. well, RAYMOND, you still have no right whatsoever to force others queers to face death without the means to defend ourselves. no matter how many hits your youtubes get.

    you go on lecturing the children of homophobes, i'll simply confront them directly as i have for my entire adult life.

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 5:14:41 PM


  18. you can redefine basic English words all you like, Raymond...but for most people YOU are the coward who advises gay people to turn the other cheek even as our faces are blown off by the guns of our murderers.

    it takes a special kind of shallow, supercilious airhead to call such suicidal ideation "courage"...and active self-defense "cowardice".

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 5:17:57 PM


  19. Jeton should run for public office in NYC. He's got my vote.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 19, 2013 5:20:54 PM


  20. how is my focus on educating people so that they're not raised to hate gay people robbing you of your second amendment rights?

    :D

    i've never advocated turning the other cheek.

    but, as i was raised by northeastern liberals and thus don't need to adopt some b.s. "libertarian" attitude in order for my family to tolerate me, i was always taught that real men don't need to carry guns.

    so, Jeton, whenever you leave the house you're armed?

    dinner? movies? clubs? bars? you're always carrying, eh?

    but your strawman argument was pretty gosh-darn funny.

    yes, i'm FORCING gays to not be armed. right? because me not being armed forces other gay men not to be. ;-) right.

    are you just one more racist gay dude whose piece of s**t parents have convinced you that President Obama is gonna show up and take your guns away? sounds like it ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:23:17 PM


  21. http://youtu.be/oqxZVTNgekE

    i'm watching this video of you right now and i still don't get your point.

    but hey, like i said, i wasn't brought up in gun-culture. i was brought up believing in education. some folks use guns, and others use their brains to educate and enlighten.

    best of luck.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:26:55 PM


  22. Kiwi, if you don't like the constitutional rights of my country, can you please leave and return to whatever socialist monarchy serfdom you came from? Please. We're kind of sick of you anti-americans.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 19, 2013 5:40:43 PM


  23. strawman - where did i ever say i was actively working to deny you your "constitutional rights?"

    nowhere.

    what are you doing to change the cultural anti-gay bigotry, at its root?

    telling gay people to carry guns doesn't address the fact that children are being taught to hate gay people.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 5:46:02 PM


  24. lets see if this gets posted, bcuz my last reply to Raykiwi is not visible.

    kiwi, inventing complete lies about my family life will not diminish your responsibility for contributing to a culture that disenfranchises our right to realistic self-defense. guys like you are why guys like Elliot Morales feel no danger in stalking gay men for murder. what exactly do you think your doing to stop THEM?

    Posted by: Jeton Ademaj | May 19, 2013 5:54:30 PM


  25. openly gay men like me who, with our families, go out into the world to give a face to our community, UNAFRAID, and actively work to educate people at a young age about the important of celebrating diversity.....are responsible for whatnow?

    or are you saying that since i don't carry a gun, Elliot Morales isn't afraid to stalk gay men?

    yes. i contribute to a culture that values education over mindlessly carrying a gun.

    oh i'm SOOOO ruining everything for guys like you! oh darn. :D

    i will never own nor carry a gun. and yet i live each day as a strong and empowered openly-gay man.

    it's not my fault that other gay men like myself don't want to carry guns, nor that our particular work in LGBT Advocacy is addressing bigotry at its root.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 6:03:06 PM


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