I could not even guess at the utter blackness of that news.
Christopher Skinner, a young man who had become a friend of mine through my shows and through a mutual friend had been murdered.
I can’t believe it as I spell it.
I am so fucking mad I could do something violent.
I left my house soon after I heard “the news” to go to an audition and every face I walked by looked guilty to me….guilty for not being sad and guilty for not understanding what had happened in the world…and just maybe guilty of the crime…guilty because the world keeps turning.
I found an article online at Xtra and posted it on my Facebook page and the outpouring of emotion was staggering…people cried and screamed and railed and wondered. It was reposted…it was spoken about by others…people talked about choices…others talked about not choosing…others still just poured out their hearts and minds.
People who didn’t know him…now knew him…and for the worst possible reason.
I received an email from a friend who works in the club district who informed me that the police were looking at their surveillance tapes and said… “I’ve dealt with the police on other things that have gone down in this neighbourhood and I’ve never seen them take anything as seriously as this.”
It is a comfort.
Someone said that the police didn’t know if it was a hate crime.
Is it a hate crime?….well, let me see…he was alone…he was beaten almost to death…and then run over by a car.
Yes, it was a hate crime.
It doesn’t matter how he was created…or what his sexual orientation was…that is beyond the point.
He was now “horrible news”
There are people who are probably sitting in the comfort of a warm home, quite possibly with a loving family and living with the truth that they killed a stranger…another human being…someone who was alone and vulnerable to violence.
I hope that their black, black souls are rotting with that truth right now.