Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Remembering Charlie Howard

July 7 marks the twenty-fourth anniversary of Charles O. “Charlie” Howard’s murder in Bangor, Maine. As Charlie and his friend Roy Ogden walked on a downtown street, three teenagers accosted Charlie and his friend, shouted homophobic slurs, threw Charlie to the ground, and then punched and kicked him. The three youths decided to force Charlie over a bridge railing and into the Kenduskeag Stream twenty feet below. Ogden, who had initially fled from the assailants, looked back to see them throw Charlie over the railing. After sounding an alarm for help, Ogden, together with firemen and police, looked for his friend, whose body would not be found until hours later. On that same night, at a party, the three teenagers bragged about having thrown Charlie into the stream.

Today the Charles O. Howard Memorial Foundation and the City of Bangor are working to establish a granite monument to mark the place of Charlie’s murder.  Despite earlier disagreements about the proposed memorial, the City of Bangor approved installation of the monument by unanimous vote during a City Council meeting last November.

Today the Unfinished Lives Project also remembers Charlie.  The tragedy that befell Charlie twenty-four years ago still touches lives today, and as we remember him we also hope for a world where hate-crime violence no longer occurs.

July 7, 2008 - Posted by | Anglo Americans, Beatings and battery, drowning, gay men, Maine, Monuments and markers, Perpetrators of Hate Crime, Remembrances, Slurs and epithets, Stomping and Kicking Violence | , , , , ,


  1. Rest well Charlie. 25 years

    Comment by John | July 7, 2009

  2. I visited the memorial site last week for the first time and it is beautiful. For those that contributed and worked on it your work has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated-Thank you.

    Comment by Kellie | July 9, 2009

  3. This is just wrong. He’s different, but that is no reason to die! We think this is so mean for someone to do this. Even though we don’t know him, he’s forever in our heart ❤

    Comment by Lexi and Blaise | February 24, 2010

  4. I visited the memorial ans took some photos…the story is tragic, but the message hopeful. Thanks to all who contributed. As of 8-9-11, there were not slurs or graffiti on or around the memorial.

    Comment by Jessica Oakes | August 10, 2011

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