Baltimore police have charged two members of the Bloods gang with murdering a fellow gang member because they thought he was gay, according to reports by the Associated Press.
Steven Hollis, 18, and Juan Flythe, 17, allegedly found some text messages on Steven Parrish’s cell phone that made them question Parrish’s sexual orientation. So, police say, Hollis and Flythe stabbed Parrish to death in May. Supposedly, the two suspects were worried that having a gay boy in the gang would make the gang appear weak.
So once again, a stereotype has cost a life. And they say words can never hurt you.