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Suspect May Have Used Grindr To Target Two Seattle Murder Victims: VIDEO

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Ali Muhammed Brown, a radical jihadist charged with killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, may have targeted his victims using Grindr. Brown is also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

NY Daily News reports that Brown has since been seen in his home state of New Jersey, allegedly committing an armed robbery.

According to Q13Fox.com, 30-year-old Brown met up with Said and Anderson-Young after they left gay bar R Place on the night of May 31.

Police say Brown allegedly shot his victims after driving to Anderson-Young’s house.  Brown is thought to have then stolen Said’s car which was later found abandoned in south Seattle.

In the charging documents, police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three shell casings inside Said’s car.

Although a motive for the murders has not been listed, Q13Fox.com reports that Brown underwent jihadist training in April and that Said and Anderson-Young were targeted because their sexual orientation offended Brown’s radical Muslim beliefs.

Watch a report on the murders, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Vigil For Florida Trans Woman Found Burned to Death

0621_NCLO__Shancez,Yaz'min_t607A vigil was held yesterday for 31-year-old Yaz’min Shancez, a transgender woman living in Fort Myers, Florida. Despite being burnt and hidden behind a dumpster, Shancez’s death was not initially being investigated as a hate crime according to Fort Myers Police Lt. Jay Rodriguez, but have since ruled the death a homicide.

“If you really think about it, a hate crime is killing someone for a specific reason, being black, Hispanic, gay.” Said Rodriguez. “We’re investigating as we would any other homicide.”

Shancez’s death is yet another example of disproportionately high homicide rates borne by trans women of color.

Shancez’s family has erected a memorial to her at the site where her remains were found, and is currently trying to crowdsource funds to give her the funeral she deserves.


Authorities Investigating Mysterious Death of Trans Activist in Orange County

Police are continuing to investigate the mysterious death of a transgender activist whose body was found Thursday morning in a parking lot behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim, California.

Zoraida “Ale” ReyesThe Los Angeles Times reports:

The death of Zoraida “Ale” Reyes is being investigated as suspicious, although authorities said there were no immediate signs of foul play. An autopsy has been completed, but no cause of death was given pending further investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

A toxicology report is pending, said Lt. Bob Dunn, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, and could take weeks to be completed. Investigators hope it will help them identify a cause of death.

Friends and family gathered for a vigil on Friday to honor the 28-year-old.

“I didn’t know the family my daughter had, but I thank you,” Macrina Reyes said in Spanish. “I know she’s here uniting us.”

The paper added that many at the vigil said they were concerned that Reyes was the victim of violence because she was transgender.

fund for Reyes’ burial costs has been established by her friends.

[photo via Facebook]


Gay Man Beaten at Detroit’s Gay Pride Festival Over the Weekend: VIDEO

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A 20-year-old gay man, Christin Howard, was beaten down by a group of homophobic attackers Sunday at Detroit’s Motor City Pride – a disturbing assault that was captured on video by a bystander.

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 8.42.58 AMWXYZ reports:

Howard says the attack was unprovoked and that he was getting a picture taken with a friend when the young men started circling, commenting on his long hair, calling him homophobic slurs and threatening with violence. 

“Then somebody said they had a gun,” said Christin. 

Although no gun was pulled during the assault, Christin was left on the scene with a bruised and bloody eye, abrasions, and a broken finger. 

Police have yet to make any arrests but are investigating the case as a hate crime. 

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Terrorism Charges Possible in Seattle New Years Eve Gay Bar Arson

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Musab Mohammed Masmari — the 30-year-old suspect arrested for New Year’s Eve arson at Seattle's Neighbours gay nightclub — has pleaded guilty. His plea agreement could get him anywhere from five to 20 years in prison.

The Seattle Times provides more details about how Musmari committed his crime:

Police say that Masmari avoided a security check at Neighbours by entering an adjacent bar called Therapy Lounge. He then passed through an interior door between the bars into the two-floor dance club and was seen on surveillance footage walking around with an object that appeared large enough to contain a 1-gallon gas can, according to the state charging documents.

Masmari allegedly fled the club within seconds of flames first appearing on the footage, the papers say. Club patrons and a bartender quickly doused the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

There were more than 750 people inside the club that night, authorities said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg — supervisor the Joint Terrorism Task Force handled the case— suggesting that hate-crime and terrorism may be mentioned as part of his motives during his sentencing hearing on July 31.

Dominic Holden, the openly gay reporter for The Stranger, provided a timeline of the investigation leading to Masmari’s arrest. Police identified Masmari carrying a large container of gasoline from nightclub footage. He was at Sea-Tac airport trying to escape to Turkey with his worldly possessions when police apprehended him.


Pakistani Serial Killer of Gay Men Claimed He Was Stopping The Spread Of Evil

A confessed serial killer has been jailed in Pakistan.

Muhammed Ejaz killed three men, all of them gay, because "they were spreading evil in society and I had to stop it."

Ejaz seems to have committed the murders by luring the men into an encounter, having sex, sedating them, and then breaking their necks, actions he now regrets, saying, "My way was wrong." He still justified his behavior and hatred by claiming, "They are spreading evil and transmitting diseases. They cannot control themselves." His hatred for homosexuals appears to stem from severe internalized homophobia and self-hatred, traumas that were induced at the age of 10 when he was sexually abused by an older boy.

The NYT adds:

He is expected to face full charges in the coming days.

Speculation about the murders had been coursing through gay circles in Lahore since mid-March, when the first killing took place. “People are quite frightened,” said one gay man, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the law against homosexuality. “They feel both violated and exposed.”

Another man said there was speculation that the victims had been picked up on Grindr, another popular social networking website. “Some of my friends deleted their profiles because they were worried,” he said.

Mr. Ejaz denied police claims that he had had sex with his victims before killing them, claiming instead that sexual abuse he had suffered as a teenager had driven him to act.

There is now concern among the very closeted gay community of Pakistan that Ejaz's actions will be praised by conservative Muslims in the region, and an even greater fear that someone might be inspired to continue his murders.


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