Photos: Small Town Mourns Man Who Was Beaten, Set on Fire
The small town of Cumnock in Scotland today mourned Stuart Walker, a
28-year-old gay barman who was beaten to death and his body lit on fire
on a street corner late at night.
Reporters that headed to the
town after the horrific murder in October described a place where
residents were regularly moved to tears and outrage at the loss. And so
hundreds showed up at a local church for his funeral.
not prosecuting the crime as being motivated by Walker's sexual
orientation, although that was a possibility on everyone's mind early
on. Even with the arrest of Ryan Esquierdo, 18, for killing the barman, few details about what might have happened have emerged. — Lucas Grindley
Flowers are laid at the graveside of Stuart Walker.
Mourners grieve during the funeral.
A mourner holds an order of service as people follow the funeral procession.
Mourners look toward the hearse carrying the body.
Just moments after his death made news, people lay flowers by the lamp post where Walker's body was found.
Tributes to Walker were common in the days after his death.
People read a note left to Walker.