A Vancouver 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 wasdifferentfrom 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 AngelesTimes 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.
“I first heard about this story while watchingThe Ellen Show ” he tells me. “The story hit me in a way that I couldn’t explain.”