Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Two elderly gay men found slain in their Indiana home

An EDGE Boston article describes circumstances surrounding the deaths of two elderly gay men who shared a home in southwest Indianapolis. According to the article, “70-year-old Milton Lindgren and 73-year-old Eric Hendricks had been harassed prior to their deaths… with their phone and cable lines having been cut and a note containing an anti-gay epithet having been left on their door.”

The bodies were discovered by friends, Michael Brown and Kevin Tetrick, who had not heard from Lindgren or Hendricks for more than a week.

A WRTV Channel 6 report says police would not reveal how the two elderly men were killed or how long their bodies had been inside the home, only that their deaths came by “violent means.” An article in the IndyStar elaborates, saying the couple’s friends found an open window at the rear of the house and detected a strong smell coming from inside. Climbing through the window, one of the friends found Lindgren’s blood-covered body in one bedroom and Hendricks’ in another.

The WRTV report adds, “Police reports show that the men had their phone and cable lines cut twice in the past few months, and that anti-gay statements were posted on their front door. Investigators said that while they do believe the vandalism was related to Lindgren and Hendricks being gay, that they didn’t know if their killings were.”

Patrick Beard, another friend of the slain couple, said, “I firmly believe it was definitely a hate crime. Milt was 70 and his partner was 73 and to go into someone’s home and do something like that, it’s just too coincidental.” Beard’s son, Lee, added, “I’m not a genius, but if someone’s being harassed like that and fagot gets stamped on their door on a piece of paper, it’s not that hard to connect the dots two months later that these two people are brutally killed in their home.”

Hendricks, who was ill at the time he was attacked, had been confined to a wheelchair.

 

Additional information about this story, including commentary about Indiana’s hate crime laws, can be found at Advance Indiana.

 

Update: Police are now seeking Michael Brown, one of the friends who was at Hendricks’s and Lindgren’s murder site when police were originally called to investigate. “Mr. Brown was at the scene at the time officers were called to investigate what happened at the house,” said Indianapolis police Sgt. Paul Thompson. “He was one of the two individuals inside that stated the two individuals inside had not been seen or heard from in a while. Investigators did interview him initially, however, they have reason to interview him again.” Source: A report filed by WRTV Channel 6 in Indianapolis.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | gay men, harassment, Hate Crimes, Indiana, Legislation, multiple homicide, Slurs and epithets, vandalism | Comments Off on Two elderly gay men found slain in their Indiana home

Unfinished Lives thanks the HRC’s Religion and Faith Program

 

The Unfinished Lives Project offers our sincere appreciation to the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program for highlighting our work in this week’s e-mail edition of “Religion and Faith News.”

The Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program mobilizes people of faith to advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The program offers online preaching and devotional resources, works with state clergy coalitions to spread equality at the state and local level, and brings its affirming message to colleges and seminaries across America.

The program’s message of equality even reaches to the halls of Congress where religious leaders speak out on such critical justice issues facing the GLBT community as the Federal Marriage Amendment, Hate Crimes legislation and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In countless and meaningful ways, the Religion and Faith program spreads the good news that transformation is truly happening one community at a time.

The Unfinished Lives Project is proud to stand beside the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, working to eliminate hate crimes and embracing “a culture of welcome, compassion, and hospitality, values that are at the heart of all our faith traditions.”

 

Visit the Religion and Faith Program, or its newsletter archive, to learn more about their extraordinary work.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | Endorsements, Social Justice Advocacy | Comments Off on Unfinished Lives thanks the HRC’s Religion and Faith Program

   

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