After over a decade of the gruesome murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming, we are again faced with another horrifying murder of Stuart Walker from Ayrshire, Scotland.

A 28 years old gay man Stuart Walker was tied to a lamp post, brutally beaten up and then burnt to death. Whether burning is the cause of death, that has not been established yet.

Horror is all I feel after reading about the incidence. All other feelings of rage, anger, sadness, hopelessness might seep in later.

Reports of gays being jumped, beaten up, mugged, bullied, harassed are common all over the world. Gays being killed or executed are common in the Middle-east and Africa. But after Matthew Shepard I think this is the 2nd most gruesome act of hate-crime in the western world. In Shepard’s case, there was a chance, if he was found a little earlier, taken to the hospital a little sooner, he might have been saved, or maybe not. But still there was a chance… But in Walker’s case, the culprits left no room for that. His injuries are described as ‘horrific’ by the police. His scorched body was found at around 5 am in Caponacre industrial area, outskirts of town. He was on his way to attend his grandmother’s 80th birthday party.

Police are investigating the murder and trying to gather information from the neighbourhood and trying to gather any leads from the CCTV. Nothing has been disclosed yet.

Here’s to hope the perpetrators are caught sooner than later and brought to justice. Shepard’s parents forgave their son’s murderers. I am just hoping Walker’s family don’t go down the same road, instead see to it that the culprits get punished the harshest way possible.

RIP sweetheart.

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