New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is among those who are expected to attend a Manhattan march on Monday in response to the murder of a gay man that police have described as a hate crime.
The New York Times reported Elliot Morales allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs at Mark Carson of Brooklyn, N.Y., as he and a friend were walking on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village late on May 17. The newspaper cited New York Police Department officials who said Morales stalked Carson before he shot him to death on a nearby street.
Police arrested Morales a short time later. He has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
“This kind of shocking and senseless violence, so deeply rooted in hate, has no place in a city whose greatest strength will always be its diversity,” Quinn said in a statement she released hours after Carson’s death.
Carson’s murder comes against the backdrop of a string of attacks against LGBT New Yorkers in recent weeks that have sparked concern and outrage among local advocates and politicians.
“I am outraged by the recent wave of anti-LGBT violence in our city and it is shocking and extremely distressing that a man was shot to death just this morning apparently because he was gay,” New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said after Carson passed away. “Nobody anywhere should have to live with fear of harm because of his or her sexual orientation.”
“We must stand together as one city and declare that New York is not open for bigotry,” New York State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) added. “It is crucial that every instance of senseless violence, against anyone, be met with swift and strong justice. My heart goes out to the friends and family of this young man whose life was senselessly taken by a callous bigot.”
The march from the LGBT Community Center to the intersection of Sixth Avenue and West 8th Street in lower Manhattan is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. An anti-hate crimes rally is slated to take place at the intersection where Morales allegedly confronted Carson at 6 p.m.