Friday, 9 November 2012

Stuart Walker Murder: Self-Hate Crime?

A teenager has admitted killing a gay barman and then setting his body alight after he flew into a rage when they discussed his confused sexuality.
Ryan Esquierdo, 19, attacked Stuart Walker, 28, and choked him to death after the pair had met one night while they were separately walking home in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, in October last year.
Esquierdo confessed that he had fallen into an "uncontrollable rage" after Walker, who worked in a local hotel bar, had tried to comfort him after he admitted being unsure about his sexuality. The two men then had sexual relations in a local industrial estate, sparking off a violent, sustained attack on Walker by Esquierdo, who then set Walker's body alight to conceal the evidence and then lied to police about the attack.
The case shocked and unnerved the town, raising fears Walker was the victim of a homophobic murder; at the time, the police refused to disclose many details about his death....

The Guardian
What a world, what a world!
Homophobia - internalised homophobia - does seem to have been the spur here. 
And Ryan Esquierdo is a tragic victim of our homophobic culture, as well.
Here's a piece I wrote at the time on misreporting of this awful case.

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