Your heart breaks for the family of Simmie Williams. By day he cared for his nephew and cooked dinner in the evening for his mother. But when he went out on the streets of Fort Lauderdale that were known for prostitution as Beyoncé, Simmie crossed paths with lowlifes who shot and killed the 17-year-old, leaving Simmie in the street like a piece of trash. (Sun Sentinel):

The shooting death of a gay teenage boy who was dressed in women’s clothing is being investigated as a possible hate crime, while detectives try to determine whether he was targeted because of his sexual orientation.

Simmie Williams Jr., 17, was attacked on the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard by two young men who wore dark clothing and might live in the neighborhood, police said. Williams, who was wearing a dress and was known in the area by his first name or as “Chris” or “Beyonce,” was shot about 12:45 a.m. Friday and soon afterward died at Broward General Medical Center, police said.It’s unclear what Williams was doing in the area, about four miles from his house, but police are investigating whether he was working as a prostitute, officials said.

Williams’ mother said her son was openly gay, but she didn’t know what he did when he went out at night, and she didn’t know he wore women’s clothes.

…At the same time, being black, gay and dressing in women’s clothing made Williams “a minority within a minority within a minority,” said Grant Lynn Ford, dean of Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, a church that ministers to gays, lesbians and their families.

Sometimes people picked on Williams, but he knew how to brush it off, his mother said.

Williams had signed up Wednesday for Job Corps, a federal government program designed to teach students vocational skills. He planned to get his GED and then go to culinary school, his mother said.

Also: See zchildree’s diary, “Unto the least of these…“, where the connection between the horror of this crime and the comments from Ken Hutcherson in my prior post is made – “Did Simmie Williams Jr. deserve to be killed for being “effeminate”, Pastor Hutcherson?”  

Pam Spaulding

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