Anthony Avalos was just ten-years old when he was apparently murdered June 21. Over the past five years the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services had been contacted with concerns about his well-being at least 13 times. They made eight visits to his home. There had been at least 16 calls to a child abuse hotline.
Today, he is awaiting an autopsy.
“The boy reportedly told his mother ‘he liked boys and girls,'” Brandon Nichols, the deputy director of the LA County Dept. of Children and Family Services, told the Los Angeles Times. Local reports say Anthony came out as “gay,” but presumably bisexual would be more accurate.
“A report indicates that at least 16 calls had been made to the county’s child abuse hotline since 2013 before Anthony died,” WLWT reports. “Department of Children and Family Services Director Bobby Cagle confirmed that callers said Anthony and his siblings were denied food and water, sexually abused, beaten and bruised, dangled upside-down from a staircase, forced to crouch for hours, locked in small spaces with no access to the bathroom, forced to fight one another, and forced to eat from the trash.”
Anthony “had injuries to his head, showed signs of malnourishment and likely died from abuse, the agency said in a statement. According to the Los Angeles Times, Anthony also had cigarette burns covering his body.”
Heather Barron and Kareem Leiva, Anthony’s mother and her boyfriend, “initially told first responders that the child was hurt as the result of an accidental fall. They have not yet been charged with any crimes related to the child’s death.”
Nichols “said that his department’s caseworkers documented years ago that Leiva was allegedly a member of the MS-13 criminal gang, but that information was not classified by the workers as a safety threat necessitating Anthony’s removal from the home, and the department never moved to have him permanently removed,” the LA Times adds.
“Just because someone has some affiliation [with MS-13], in and of itself would not have a conclusive effect,” Nichols said.
These initial descriptions of abuse and of a system that was unable or unwilling to intervene to protect the child are eerily reminiscent of another Los Angeles County child’s murder.
Gabriel Fernandez‘s mother was sentenced to life in prison, her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was given the death penalty. The horrific abuse he suffered, was described by prosecutors as worse than the torture “many prisoners of war” have faced.
Just 8-years old when he died, Gabriel Fernandez was murdered because his mother and her boyfriend thought he was gay.
Image: Screenshot via WLWT
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Father Speaks Out After His Teen Daughter Is Told ‘Kill Yourself’ in ‘Ignorant and Hateful’ Anti-LGBT Attack
A father is speaking out after his high school-aged teen daughter, a lesbian, was the target of harassment and vandalism at their Chicago-area home.
In what police say is a possible hate crime, attackers left a message on a “For Sale” sign: the 800 number to a suicide prevention hotline and the words, “go f*cking KYS.” KYS is shorthand for “kill yourself.” The attackers for reasons unknown also left dozens of white plastic forks strewn across the lawn.
“Suicide is real and tragic. It’s not a joke, it affects way too many families and it is truly hateful to wish it upon another individual,” Scott Nelles, the father of the victim, said at a village meeting, Chicago’s ABC 7 reports.
“The words ‘Go F—ing KYS’ in that barely literate juvenile handwriting will forever remain in my family’s life and those coward’s actions are likely to fade away to those involved as they continue to live an ignorant and hateful existence,” Nelles added.
“Hate is taught. It is not taught in our schools and it’s not taught in our community at large. Kindness is an easy choice. Love wins,” he concluded.
Locals applauded him.
Horrific Homophobic Violence in London: Men Beat Up Lesbian Couple Who Refused to Kiss in Front of Them
A same-sex couple traveling on a double-decker bus in London say they were beaten bloody by four men after they refused to kiss in front of them.
Melania Geymonat, who is 28, told BBC News she experiences “a lot of verbal violence all the time,” but has never been physically attacked for being gay.
“There were at least four of them,” Geymonat wrote about the May 30 hate crime on her Facebook page on Wednesday, calling it “CHAUVINIST, MISOGYNISTIC AND HOMOPHOBIC VIOLENCE.”
“They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions,” she says.
“It was only them and us there. In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes. I thought this might make them go away. Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it.”
“The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them,: she continues. “On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I’m being punched. I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don’t remember whether or not I lost consciousness. Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over. Our stuff was stolen as well. I don’t know yet if my nose is broken, and I haven’t been able to go back to work, but what upsets me the most is that VIOLENCE HAS BECOME A COMMON THING.”
BBC News reports Scotland Yard is investigating and examining CCTV footage.
“There were 2,308 homophobic hate crimes across London in 2018, compared with 2014 when 1,488 were recorded, according to the Met Police’s crime dashboard,” the BBC adds.
Image via Facebook
Hindu Temple Latest Victim of Vandalism and Hate Speech
A 17-year-old white male is behind bars, suspected of vandalizing a Hindu temple in an attack on the religion.
The break in, which occurred on Tuesday at the Swaminarayan Temple in Louisville, Kentucky, included the defacing of religious art at the side as well as graffiti claiming “Jesus is the only Lord.” Another message spray painted onto a bulletin board labeled temple attendees as “foreign b*****s.”
Several doors were also broken into, and a knife was stabbed into one of the chairs at the temple.
Hate crimes have been on the rise in the United States, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s most recent hate crime statistics showing a 23% increase in bias crimes based on religion, with the majority of that was a 37% increase anti-Jewish hate crimes.
Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad offered extra security to the temple to help worshippers feel safe at the temple.
“To come into the temple today and to see the words of hate, the paint on the posters, the desecration of this temple is heartbreaking,” Conrad told reporters at a press conference held on the site.
The Mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, also spoke out, telling reporters that Louisville is a “proudly diverse city, a welcoming city. We’re a global city. We’re a compassionate city. That’s who we are, who we choose to be, and we’ll always be that way… and anytime we see hatred or bigotry in our city, we will stand up against it.”
The 17-year-old, who’s name, has not been released, has been charged with 1st degree criminal mischief and 3rd degree burglary.
— Chad K. Mills (@ChadKMills) January 30, 2019
— Chad K. Mills (@ChadKMills) January 30, 2019
An overwhelming show of support, compassion and understanding this morning. Awesome to see so many Louisvillians volunteer to help clean up vandalism at Swaminarayan Temple. pic.twitter.com/hlgtYROzZa
— Lean Into Louisville (@LeanIntoLou) February 2, 2019
Image via screen capture from video source.
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