Just two days before Valentine’s Day, Lawrence King was sitting in his school computer lab when a classmate put a gun to his head. Two days later, the 14-year-old boy was charged with premeditated murder, firearm use, and a hate crime.
Lawrence King’s classmates at E. O. Junior High told the L.A. Times that King self-identified as gay and, in the past two weeks, had increased his use of feminine attire,Brandon David McInerney earlier that week. After a confrontation on February 12, McInerney shot King. The following day, including makeup, nail polish and high heels. According to one student, King may have expressed romantic feelings toward accused shooter King was declared brain-dead.
The death of Lawrence King was tragic, but the community can work to stop the violence from happening again. Hopefully, people will continue to advocate for compassion and understanding long after the headlines fade.