Higgins was a member of the Radical Faerie community, a gay men’s counterculture movement and spiritual organization dedicated to spreading messages of peace and love. He was found savagely beaten and unconscious near Duboce and Church streets at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
He was taken SF General with serious injuries but no identification. Authorities put out a call to local media, hoping to learn his identity. Higgins’ neighbor, Brian Busta, helped identify the man at the hospital on Monday.
Police say they are now considering Higgins’ death an attempted homicide via assault with a deadly weapon, though they have not yet been able to locate his attacker.
Yesterday’s ceremony is a custom of the Radical Faeries. The group of people joined hands in a circle and shared a moment of silence around an altar of candles, flowers, and bowl of smoking incense. It was timed with the exact moment Higgins was taken off life support.
Across the country, a second ceremony was held at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo, MI, where Higgins was originally from. More than 75 people gathered at the park to celebrate his life by releasing colorful balloons into the sky.
“He was more than just a great human being, one in a million, he was an incredible man,” Higgins’ uncle, Steve Horton, told media. “Through all of this I hope we can learn love is the answer.”