A very large crowd gathered on Luquer Street on Monday evening, in a show of unity against intolerance in Carroll Gardens. In solidarity, the community had gotten together for a candle light vigil to show support for a 22-year old victim, who had been viciously attached by five thugs as he was walking on Luquer Street near Hamilton Avenue. The attachers had yelled anti-gay slurs at him.
Many of our elected officials showed up to speak. There was also an impressive police presence from the 76th Precinct. Captain Corey and members of the precinct's Community Affairs unit were there.
The most moving speech was delivered by the victim's friend, who explained that the young man preferred to stay out of the spotlight and wanted to stay anonymous. He apparently is rather overwhelmed with the attention.
We should respect his wishes. Right now, it is more important to find the men responsible for the attach. The vigil gave neighbors an opportunity to show everyone that intolerance has no place in Carroll Gardens.
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