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Gay Harvard Law Grad in Sep. 11 Arson


A recent graduate of Harvard Law School who led the school's gay student group allegedly set fire to a memorial chapel for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on Saturday morning in New York City.

Police say that Brian Schroeder, 26, may have acted on a drunken dare, according to the New York Post. None of the victims' remains were destroyed at the chapel on First Avenue and 30th Street in Manhattan.

"None of the remains, which are destined for a memorial at the World Trade Center, were damaged but 'mementos and candles left by family members in honor of 9/11 victims were destroyed or possibly stolen,' Mayor Bloomberg said earlier yesterday," the New York Post reported on Sunday.

A Texas native, Schroeder moved to New York City for a job with a law firm after graduating from Harvard Law School in 2009, according to the Harvard Law Record, which offers more background on the alum, who turned himself in to police on Saturday evening.

"Schroeder, 26, is originally from Texas and received his undergraduate degree from Duke, where he majored in theatre studies," said the Harvard Law Record. "He was co-president of HLS Lambda and served on a task force to assess how to limit the impact of military recruiting on the campus gay community. He also edited the Harvard Latino Law Review and acted in the Parody, a satirical comedy stage show about life at the school. After graduation, Schroeder moved to New York, where he had a start date with a law firm. He had spent the summer of 2008 as a summer associate for the firm Sidley Austin."

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