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||Man arrested for hate motivated violence resulting in death
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Dallas police arrested 25-year-old murder suspect Kieron Alexander, who they say beat 54-year-old Ricky Griffin to death and tried to set him on fire in his apartment, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Although it is unclear what provoked the attack, Alexander claimed that Griffin "made several unwanted sexual gestures toward him," causing him to lose control and strike the victim. He also admitted attempting to set Griffin on fire.
In a National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) statement, Nell Gaither, president of Trans Pride Initiative, said, "We need to recognize that even if Griffin did not identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, the homicide appears to be motivated in part by stigma against the community. It's so important to recognize that hate violence is connected to stigma held by the aggressor, not the identity of the victim."
NCAVP's most recent reportHate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2014found that gay and bisexual men, along with transgender women and LGBTQ people of color, face the highest risk of homicide. In 2014, 35 percent of homicide victims were men, all of whom identified as gay or bisexual.
The article is at crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/06/murder-suspect-said-he-beat-dallas-man-after-unwanted-sexual-gestures.html/ .
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