On Tuesday, March 20th starting at 7:00p.m. there will be a silent march to honor the victims of last weekend's hate crime attacks on two gay men and a transgender woman in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood.
The march will begin at the I-Hop restaurant across from the Columbia Heights Metro station, 3100 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010. The planned route:
Leave IHOP (Which is where a gay man was shot after being taunted because of his sexuality) continue walking down Iriving St NW to Georgia Ave NW (Where the victim *and friend to ALOT of us * was beaten after getting out a cab, then left on the street and beaten and robbed again by a second group) When we get to that corner stop and reflect about all the good we have in our lives and how we are GONNA make it better (mind you in silence!) Turn right and proceed down to U St NW. At U St NW turn right and proceed down to 14th St NW. AT 14th St NW make a left and proceed down to R St NW. From R St NW make a right and proceed down to 17th NW at which time the march will end.
The march will end at COBALT where there is a benefit to raise money for hospital bills is being held for one of the victims.
A DC police official said on Thursday that they were nearing an arrest in the I-Hop incident, and DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a statement on Friday saying:
These kinds of crimes are particularly insidious, because they are designed to instill fear in an entire community. This cannot and will not stand in the District of Columbia, where all of our residents have the right to walk the streets of our neighborhoods free of fear, regardless of their identities, beliefs or characteristics. The Metropolitan Police Department and I will not rest until the perpetrators of these brutal crimes are arrested, tried and safely locked away.
While the attacks occured close together in time and location, the police do not believe the events are related. The cases of the two men have been classified as anti-gay hate crimes, but the transgender woman's attack lacked enough evidence to classify as a hate crime.