Gay Student Shot Yesterday Declared Brain Dead

February 14, 2008 at 10:17 am 3 comments

The 15 year old junior high school student who was shot yesterday by one of his classmates has been declared brain dead. Lawrence King was openly gay and was shot by a 14 year old classmate in front of about 20 other students.

Police have not determined a motive in the slaying but said it appeared to stem from a personal dispute between King and the suspect.

Keith and Totten declined to elaborate.

But several students at the south Oxnard campus said King and his alleged assailant had a falling out stemming from King’s sexual orientation.

The teenager sometimes wore feminine clothing and makeup, and proclaimed he was gay, students said.

“He would come to school in high-heeled boots, makeup, jewelry and painted nails — the whole thing,” said Michael Sweeney, 13, an eighth-grader. “That was freaking the guys out.”

Student Juan Sandoval, 14, said he shared a fourth-period algebra class with the suspect, whom he described as a calm, smart student who played on the basketball team. “I didn’t think he was that kind of kid,” Sandoval said. “I guess you never know. He made a big mistake.”

“Their lives are both destroyed now,” said student Hansley Rivera, 12.

Several students said that a day before the shooting, King and several boys had some kind of altercation during the lunch period.

If the suspect targeted King because of his sexual orientation, the case could rise to the level of a hate crime, authorities said.

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Gay Student Shot at CA Junior High School Some People are Gay

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  • 1. proudprogressive  |  February 14, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Oh what a insane heartbreaking tragedy …good lord..that comment alone ..by the 13 yr old ..”freaking the guys out” sweet jesus..We have got to fight this madness..let kids dress as they please and start doing reasonable fact based sex education again ENOUGH of his absitinance only stuff…and for the love of the goddesss wtF are these kids doing with GUNS…we need seriosly need PSAs about gun violence..and parent education …HOW MANY MORE , HOW MANY MORE — its so sad all the way around..at first thought I did not think lgbT hate..my heart is broken to hear that is the MOTIVE…so many lives ruined due to a lack of acceptence and sheer bigotry..gun violence….its just got to stop – we need a plan .. CIVICs classes, Health education, manditory parent classes (seriously) something has got to be done..NOT ANOTHER STATISTIC…ty for this continued coverage Michael.

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  • 2. Kevin  |  February 14, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I hope the school realizes that they have a responsibility now to create the right conditions to be sure nothing like this ever happens again. And it’s not about metal detectors – it’s about getting all this stuff boiling under the surface out into the open. The question is — will the parents agree? And if not, once again we know who is really to blame. So much for the great American family.

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  • 3. anonymous  |  March 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    psh if a guy is dressing up in makeup and high heeled boots its invitable that he would be treated that way that’s just the way it is.

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