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Photos: Small Town Mourns Man Who Was Beaten, Set on Fire

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.

Police are 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.

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