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Why I want Pope Francis to write a requiem for Gabriel Fernandez, the boy tortured to death for appearing gay

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Gabriel Fernandez
There is a story that I have felt compelled to write for three months. I have not written it because I have found it difficult to find the words. I have the words. I have the exact words. I have written them before. The story that has nagged at me is the mourning of Gabriel Fernandez, and the requiem of his death. He was eight years old. I know the words to say to Gabriel, because I wrote them in April to a little boy named Zachary...

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Defendant rejects plea deal in child abuse death of boy perceived to be gay

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Isauro Aguirre
A man accused in the beating and torture death of an 8-year-old boy he and his mother perceived to be gay, has rejected a plea deal to murder charges that would have avoided him the death penalty. KNBC-TV reports that Isauro Aguirre has not agreed to the deal that calls for life in prison without the possibility of parole and no appeals.

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Plea deal: Couple will get life in prison for torture, murder of boy they called gay

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Gabriel Fernandez
LOS ANGELES -- The mother of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez and her then-boyfriend are planning to plead guilty to murder and torture charges in the boy's death as part of a plea deal, sparing them the death penalty. KNBC-TV reports that Pearl Fernandez and then-boyfriend Isauro Aguirre will receive life in prison without parole in exchange for their guilty pleas to first degree ...

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Trial ordered for Minn. man accused of killing ex-boyfriend, business partner

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Lyle-Marvin-Hoffman
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota man will stand trial for allegedly killing his ex-boyfriend and business partner at a suburban St. Paul gas station. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a judge found probable cause Friday for the case to move to trial.

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Transgender woman killed in East Hollywood robbery attempt

Thursday, October 2, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A transgender woman was shot and killed early Thursday morning in East Hollywood, Calif. Los Angeles police say the incident appeared to be a botched robbery attempt, and the victim was likely not targeted due to her transgender status.

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Man accused of fatally shooting former boyfriend, business partner captured

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Lyle-Marvin-Hoffman
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man accused of fatally shooting his former boyfriend and business partner in suburban Minneapolis was arrested Thursday after a month on the run, when police responding to a suspicious person report found him on foot peering at a drive-thru menu in another suburb, police said.

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Search fails to locate fugitive suspected of murdering former partner

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Police officers head back to the command center at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport as they search for fugitive Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Blaine, Minn. All gates to the airport were closed as authorities looked for Hoffman, accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month.
BLAINE, Minn. -- Law officers returned to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport Tuesday, but an intensive daylong search failed to find a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month. The renewed search was prompted by an officer's early morning spotting of a man near the airport who may have resembled Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson said.

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Detroit police arrest man accused of shooting partner, burning down house

Friday, August 29, 2014
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DETROIT – Police in Detroit, Mich., have arrested a man who allegedly shot his partner and burned down their house to hide the evidence. The suspect, identified by police as Edwardo Ross, allegedly shot his 42-year-old partner, James Foxhall, in their Detroit home on Aug. 15, then dumped Foxhall's body in the city's Palmer Park.

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One year later, family, friends seek justice for transgender woman’s murder

Monday, August 25, 2014
Islan Nettles
NEW YORK -- One year since the murder Islan Nettles, a group of advocates and supporters gathered at the site where the transgender woman was beaten to death in a bid to keep the case in the public eye.

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Accused killer says murders of four men were ‘vengeance’ against U.S.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
A Seattle man accused in a nationwide murder spree that has claimed four victims, including two gay men in Seattle, has told investigators that he had launched his own "jihad" against Americans as an act of "vengeance" to retaliate for U.S. military action in the Middle East.

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