This story has been updated.
GayRVA has received word of a vehicle being vandalized in a North Highland Park neighborhood. The words “Gay Move Die” were spray-painted on the side of the car late last night.
“The victim was hospitalized with an asthma attack,” VA Pride President James Millner said. He also said that Richmond Police were called in connection with the incident. “The victim has to drive this car to work in the morning,” he added.
Attacks like this have not been common in the Richmond area over the last few years, but anytime something like this occurs, it’s unacceptable. Millner expressed outrage over the incident, saying “This is a big deal. This cannot go unchallenged in this city.” We concur, to say the least.
UPDATE, 12:45 PM:
Facebook user Aaron James Sawyer has provided GayRVA with surveillance footage of the perpetrator committing the crime. This screen capture shows the clearest image of the man Sawyer’s cameras captured.
Surveillance footage of the perpetrator can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/100008325404585/videos/1948932158727612/
Richmond police confirmed to WRIC TV-8 that they have begun an investigation into the crime. Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham expressed support for the local LGBTQ community in a statement earlier today.
“The Richmond Police Department stands with the LGBTQ community in condemning what happened last night,” Chief Durham told WRIC. “I have directed the Department’s LGBTQ liaison, Captain Dan Minton, to monitor the progress of the investigation to keep everyone informed.”
Anyone with information to share about the incident may call Fourth Precinct Detective Lieutenant Herman W. Loney, III at 804 646-4195, or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
GayRVA will continue to monitor this developing story.