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Two brutal murders of gay men in New York City concerns LGBT community

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) said Wednesday that it has learned of two brutal murders of gay men in New York City that occurred over a three-day span of time.

Charles Romo, age 48, was found dead by his housekeeper on Monday morning, January 28 in his Hamilton Heights apartment in Manhattan. He had been beaten and bound, and was wearing only underwear and a bag over his head when his body was discovered.

The New York Post reported that the police are looking into the possibility that one of the suspects was a lover of the victim.

In a separate homicide, David Rangel, a gay man age 53, was found dead in his apartment on Saturday, January 26 in Jackson Heights, Queens.

According to the New York Daily News, medical examiners determined that Rangel had been choked to death. The article stated that the police are investigating Rangel’s death as a homicide and that it is believed that he may have met his assailant online.

“AVP is deeply concerned about these homicides and our condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the victims. We are looking into both of these homicides further to determine if they were hook- up or dating violence or if intimate partner violence played a role in either of these tragic deaths,” said Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

“We want to make sure that LGBTQ people and all New Yorkers are aware of all forms of violence affecting our communities, including dating or pick up violence, and let them know about AVP’s safety information and support.”

The AVP said it has recently received an increase in reports of community members experiencing violence in connection with online dating and hook-up sites and apps.

“We know that using online dating and hook up sites and apps happens, so we encourage our community members to use our online Safety Tips when using dating sites and apps,” said Ejeris Dixon, Deputy Director in charge of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Hatred and discrimination alive in this country! So damn sad but we will fight on.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:36pm
  2. Really sad!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:37pm
  3. Why…? Why are we so targeted…? Why? I never harrass the straight community…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:39pm
  4. D; the heck is wrong with people… my gosh, >:(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:39pm
  5. As it should

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:44pm
  6. I dare someone to come after me!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:48pm
  7. maybe we all DO need hand guns after all! :-O

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:50pm
  8. What gets me with crimes like these is the police are so quick to assume it was S&M gone too far. Like if an LGBT member gets killed more than likely its because of the sex they were having.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:51pm
  9. Yes…..Why are WE so targeted? What if we decide to attack the straight communities????? #FuckedUp

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:53pm
  10. My gay brother died of Aids addiction on Monday night in the same neighborhood as Carlos. I spent time in the precinct that night talking to detectives, and my brother definitely died of his disease. But i want you to know this was the first homicide in this neighborhood in over 2 yrs

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:53pm
  11. @Stephanie Im sorry for your loss but I also have a question, what is AIDS addiction?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:55pm
  12. I don’t think the community should stand down in any circumstances
    (Never stated that, But we must be strong), it’s sad seeing innocent people dying just because they don’t approve. People don’t seem to understand they’re even lucky themselves to be approved, due to racism, sexism, etc ( any persecution)

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:56pm
  13. I believe everyone, gay or straight, should take a class in self defense. You can’t rely just on a gun for defense. Self defense classes help you boost your confidence level, helps to become more aware of your surroundings, and how not to look like an easy target. As well as the most obvious on how to protect yourself from an attacker. A gun or knife should be the last line of defense you go for. I used the skills once to defend myself.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 9:38pm