By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com May 19 2003 11:00 PM ET
At the same time that a man was appearing in court after being charged with stabbing a 15-year-old girl to death after she told him she was a lesbian, supporters of the dead girl were making plans to help other gay teens. Richard McCullough, 29, was arraigned Friday in New Jersey state superior court on murder, bias intimidation, and weapons charges. He was ordered held on $500,000 bail.
Sakia Gunn was stabbed in the chest early May 11 at a Newark bus stop at the city's busiest intersection after she and several girlfriends returned from a night out in New York City. The Reverend Jacquelyn Holland, pastor of the Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Newark, said she and other community leaders hope to establish a neighborhood drop-in center where gay teens can come for counseling, employment help, and reassurance. "We want to let them know it's OK to be who they are," she said. "She didn't do anything wrong by being a lesbian."