U.S. Rep. Lois Capps is the California congresswoman who represents the district where 15-year-old Lawrence King lived before he was shot to death by a classmate, Brandon McInerney, last year because Larry was gay.
Brandon was 14 at the time of the murder. He has been charged as an adult with murder and commission of a hate crime.
Yesterday, Feb. 12, on the 1-year anniversary of Larrry’s death, Capps introduced legislation remembering and honoring Larry King. In her speech she called for an end to violence and hatred directed at LGBT people.
Here’s what she said:
â€œThe one year anniversary of Larry Kingâ€™s death is a tragic reminder of a life cut far too short. It is also a clarion call to all of us about the need for action to end this type of unacceptable discrimination and violence towards our brothers and sisters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.Â Larryâ€™s murder is particularly painful because it happened at his school, a place that should have been a sacred space where he could grow and learn in a safe and supportive environment.Â We have to do better by our children and do more to protect our friends and neighbors who too often face this harassment alone.Â Larryâ€™s death is a tragedy but I hope we continue to be driven by his memory to end this despicable violence.â€