Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Breaking news:
Vigil Tues. for slain Oxnard teen


Lawrence King in an undated photo. Photo: Via Ventura County Star
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Several local organizations will hold a vigil Tuesday, February 19 in remembrance of Lawrence King, the 15-year-old junior high student in Oxnard, California, who was shot by a fellow classmate Tuesday, February 12.

King, who was perceived to be gay and gender non-conforming, was taken off life support Friday.

Ventura County prosecutors are calling the incident a premeditated hate crime and are expected to charge Brandon McInerney, 14, with murder and hate crime enhancements, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper reported Friday that several students said King and a group of boys, including the defendant, had a verbal confrontation concerning King's sexual orientation a day before the killing.

Locally, the LGBT Community Center, Community United Against Violence, the Transgender Law Center, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, and the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center will hold a vigil Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the center, 1800 Market Street. Organizers said the event would include a speak-out opportunity for community members. The community center is also hosting an interactive altar in its lobby to commemorate King and other victims of hate violence.

The Bay Area Reporter will have more coverage of the case in its next issue.

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