Young Hate Crime Survivor/Activist Mourned

After surviving and unspeakably cruel hate crime, young David Ritcheson allegedly took his own life this past weekend.

The story of young activist David Ritcheson – who last year survived unspeakably cruel torture and beating at the hands of self-professed skinheads – took a horrible twist, as Ritcheson allegedly jumped to his death aboard a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday, July 1.

The community mourns this particularly poignant passing. Please act now to support the Matthew Shepard Act.

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