A play about a gay hate crime and murder to debut in Vancouver
Locally produced play, My Funny Valentine, examines the tragic murder of gay teen.
Do you happen to remember the murder of a young 15 year old boy by the name of Lawrence King? It is a story that resonated with many. And a murder that hasn't been resolved.
In a computer lab at a small town middle school in Oxnard, California, 14 year old Brandon McInerney took out a gun and shot Lawrence King point blank in the head in front of all the other students. Two days later Lawrence died.
What was the reason you ask?
Well, by all accounts Lawrence was different from the other kids in school. He sometimes liked to wear make-up, usually sported nail polish, and had fully admited to being gay.
He had also reportendly asked Brandon in the days before his execution style murder to be his Valentine.
According to the Los Angeles Times and KTLA, McInerney and some other boys accosted King about his sexuality on Feb. 11. Students apparently often taunted King, who didn't even have a safe home to return to after school. He was living in a shelter for abused and troubled children.
What has transpired in the few years since this horrific event-a trial date has still not been set- is what is examined by local award winning playwright Dave Deveau. I had a chance to sit down with Dave to find out a little bit more about this play, which opens this Friday in Vancouver.