Family Says Chicago Teen was Shot Dead Because He was Gay
The family of a Chicago teenager says he was shot and killed during an alleged robbery because he was gay, the Chicago CBS-TV affilitae reports.
According to police, Terrance "Jawan" Wright, 18, was shot and killed on Oct. 19 after five young men tried to rob him. But Wright’s family members believe he was murdered because of his sexual orientation. Wright’s uncle, Tywayn Bouldin, says the authorities are wrong to label the incident a robbery as the teen had nothing of value on him.
"What they going to rob him of -- his books?" Bouldin told CBS.
"I believe they only did that to him because he was gay," Wright’s 16-year-old brother, Javone, said.
Bouldin says his nephew was a victim of bullying and endured harassment inside and outside of school. Wright even transfered schools last year because of the constant harassment.
His uncle wants officials to investigate the murder as a hate crime. "It breaks my heart the way he died because he didn’t have to die like that," Essie James, Wright’s grandmother told Chicago’s WGN TV. "He went to school every day. Jawan loved to dance and to work on the computer."