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27 Oct 2009

Friends fear slain man targeted

A 27-year-old gay man died in a Toronto hospital after he was beaten by a group of men and driven over by the occupants of a black SUV. Friends fear he was targeted because he was gay.

Police said in a press release that an altercation took place between Chris Skinner and the occupants of a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Oct 18 where Skinner was knocked to the ground, according to media reports. The attackers then returned to their vehicle and ran Skinner over with it. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Chris Skinner, 27, died in hospital after he was beaten and run over by a SUV

Hours earlier, Skinner and his fiancé Ryan Cooke had been celebrating Skinner’s sister’s birthday in the entertainment district. Skinner decided to leave the party and walk home alone.

Toronto police have since released video footage that suggests Skinner may have struck the SUV with his hand while trying to hail a cab. Skinner is also gay and the slaying has triggered speculation as to whether the graphic designer might have been the victim of a hate crime.

The police haven’t drawn that conclusion.

“No, there’s not at all any indication that there were homophobic elements to the attack,” gay newspaper xtra.ca quoted Det Stacey Gallant as saying.

On Oct 25, hundreds gathered at Church and Wellesley Sts in Toronto to hold a vigil and march raising candles and retracing the fateful walk Skinner took a week ago.


Reader's Comments

Comment #1 was deleted by its author on 2009-10-27 20:30
2. 2009-10-28 03:54  
trist~~ trist
3. 2009-10-28 10:40  
Don't speculate just yet.
Comment #4 was deleted by its author on 2009-10-30 00:12
5. 2009-10-30 00:10  
Oui, c'est vraiment triste, lennyrain. :(

6. 2009-11-02 12:47  
RIP guy no matter the reasons for the attack. It sounds like any violent attack against any body how would his assailants have known he was homosexual in the dark unless he was slobbering over some guy or absolutely stereotypical and that he doesn't appear so from the pic supplied, any way it's not healthy to assume every act of violence against a homosexual is driven by his/her sexual orientation, violence is often a random act the wrong person at the wrong time attracting his/her worst fears maybe? I know I was bashed and robbed a few yrs ago now, I had watched a violent movie at a friends that night on the way home I was attacked, perhaps the violent images in my head sent out signals it was spooky as I had spent over a decade of being confident with no problems on the streets in what is often a violent city, certainly my intuition was over ridden by my bad judgment mine was not a gay hate crime mjust greed for money and phones by eastern European travellers funding their journey no doubt.
Comment edited on 2009-11-02 12:51:14
7. 2009-11-02 17:02  
May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort u now and for ever more.
Also your loved ones!

Law enforcement officers might never get to the real purpetrators but they can not escape the vigil of The Almighty God!

Rest in Peace dear friend!

For at least the devilmindednesss rests NOT with you!

Anton Human in RSA.
8. 2009-11-02 19:35  
I'm a bit puzzled by this article. Horrific as it was, there's no suggestion that this attack was gay related at all, yet it features here. On the other hand, recently, an attack right in Trafalgar Square, central London by a man and two girls on a pensioner who told them off for hurling homophobic abuse at passers by left him kicked to death, and an attack by 20 youths on a young gay man in the gay district of Liverpool, have not had a mention.

The Trafalgar Square incident was followed by a candlelight vigil there last weekend, I think it was reported 10,000 people attended. Nothing in Fridae though.

If Fridae are going to feature articles about homophobic attacks, there are are much clearer examples out there.
Comment edited on 2009-11-02 19:37:36
9. 2009-11-02 20:28  
#8- maybe because Fridae is more American-centric? lol
Seriously, though, the attacks described above are indeed horrific...and it's happened in London! Seems that everywhere you go, its just shite these days. :-(

10. 2009-11-03 15:28  
#8 I think I read about that today. Anyways...

....Two attacks at Georgetown University, Washington State, both being taunted with gay slurs before being attacked. Vigils being held.

11. 2009-11-03 19:30  
Post 10; there's an article on the big Trafalgar Square vigil here:


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