Matthew Shepard was robbed, pistol whipped, tortured, tied to a fence in a remote, rural area, and left to die. Still tied to the fence, Shepard was discovered 18 hours later by Aaron Kreifels, who initially mistook Shepard for a scarecrow.
Although that awful murder was nearly twelve years ago and was in America it appears we have not grown up as a society anymore than the Americans.
Last week in East Kilbride, Jack Frew and a friend Craig Roy were walking home when it appears they were set upon by a gang and Jack was murdered - the gang had slit his throat like the cowards they are.
Now, his friend Craig is still in hospital, I like many others wish him a speedy and full recovery. Craig will need a lot of love and support over the coming days, weeks, months and even years from those around him.
It utterley sickens me that this kind of needless attack and murder has taken place, Jack Frew had his life ahead of him and by the sounds of the reports and comments from friends about him it should have been a healthy and bright future.
Jack Frew was comfortable in his life and with his sexuality, just because other peoples were not, he has now lost his lfe.
The headteacher of Duncanrig Secondary school has paid tribute to Jack Frew:
"He was also a pupil whose personal qualities earned him the respect of both pupils and staff. Jack was a committed and conscientious young man on the brink of a bright future, with many opportunities open to him. He is a great loss to our school community. We grieve for him and his family who are in our thoughts as they come to terms with the loss of their son and brother."Whether Jack is gay is irrelevant they must, must find these cowards who attacked Jack and Craig, and then went on to murder Jack in cold blood.
These murderers must be brought to justice and quickly.
UPDATE: 20.13 May 9th
For friends of Jack Frew's, you may not know about this link for your online tributes.
I recall being bullied at my secondary school, Rushcliffe Comprehensive in West Bridgford about my sexuality, my response was to push one through a plate glass window, much to the shock of the sixth formers the other side.
I was also pursued by another bully for many a year, I used to get beat up fairly regularly by him, but never knew why, I always suspected it was because I was gay.