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Killers of gay
Houston man set to be released

Killers of gay
Houston man set to be released

Two of the men who brutally beat and killed a Houston-area gay man in 1991 are due to be released from prison this month, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Paul Broussard, a 27-year-old banker, was killed in a gang-style beating and stabbing outside a nightclub in Houston's Montrose neighborhood. The crime shocked the city's gay and lesbian residents. Neighbors helped police track down the perpetrators. Ten suburban teenagers were eventually arrested and convicted for their roles in the crime.

According to the Chronicle, two of the convicted killers, Jaime Aguirre, 34, and his brother, Javier Aguirre, 32--each sentenced to 15 years in prison--are scheduled to be released on parole. The two are expected to be deported to Mexico, as they are Mexican nationals, but their allies hope to prevent that. A third person convicted in the crime, Leandro Ramirez, 32, is scheduled for parole in March.

Fearful that she might be in danger, the victim's mother, Nancy Rodriguez, has asked authorities for the inmates' current photos "just so if they come to my front door, I'll be able to recognize them," Rodriguez told the paper on Thursday. "To be honest with you, I fear for the safety of my family."

After Ramirez's release, only Jon Buice, who was convicted of knifing Broussard and was sentenced to 45 years, will remain in prison. One other has been released from prison; the remainder were sentenced to probation. (The Advocate)

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