Gay activist says 2 men convicted in Broussard murder not homophobic
HOUSTON The impending parole of two of the people convicted in the 1991 gang beating and stabbing death of a gay banker has prompted the victim’s mother to ask for current photos of the men.
And a Houston gay prison activist has said he is working to keep the two from being deported after they are paroled.
Nancy Rodriguez said she wanted the photos so she will be able to recognize them if they should come to her door.
“To be honest with you, I fear for the safety of my family,” she said in a story in the Jan. 5 issue of the Houston Chronicle.
Paul Broussard was 27 when he and two friends were attacked as they left a gay nightclub in the Montrose area of Houston. His friends escaped with minor injuries. Broussard was beaten, kicked and stabbed to death.
Ten teens from The Woodlands were convicted in his death. Five received probation and one has since completed his sentence.
Jaime Aguirre, 34, and his brother, Javier Aguirre, 32, are set to be released later this month. They face deportation to Mexico upon their release but Rodriguez fears they could return to this country. Leandro Ramirez, 32, is to be released on parole in March. Jon Buice, who was sentenced to 45 years, faces a parole hearing in October.
Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Rodriguez will be given the photos she requested.
“We release such photos all the time,” she said.
Rodriguez, who now lives in Georgia, has testified at numerous parole hearings in efforts to keep Broussard’s attackers in prison.
Andy Kahan, crime victim advocate for the mayor’s office, said the Aguirres had been kept in prison as long as possible.
“They were sentenced to 15 years, and they’ve just about maxed out their time same with Ramirez,” he said.
Gay prison activist Ray Hill said he is trying to stop the Aguirres’ deportation.
“I know them and I’ve come to learn that they are not homophobic,” Hill said. “I am a gay man; they are friends of mine.”
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, January 12, 2006.