Michele Bachmann might wish the whole gay issue would go away but it looks like a group of assailants in her hometown improved upon her verbal homophobia by fatally gay-bashing 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews last week in Waterloo, Iowa—where the Republican candidate was raised. (And where serial killer John Wayne Gacy lived in the 1960s.) Andrews was officially pronounced dead Sunday afternoon after being taken off life support on Friday.
After practicing with his church’s step team Thursday afternoon, Andrews was staying with friends Nakita Wright and Tudia Simpson at Wright’s house on Cottage Street. The two women went for a short walk but within minutes, heard a confrontation back at the house and found a group taunting Andrews with him “faggot” and other derogatory names. (Authorities weren’t sure about the cause of the attack until the women came forward.)
Simpson admits to throwing the first punch, hitting a girl who had been repeatedly making remarks, before Wright and others joined in the melee. According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier:
At some point during the scuffle, Nakita Wright felt her leg brush against something on the ground. She looked down and saw Andrews.
“I tried to help him up, and then this boy ran back and kicked him in his face,” Nakita Wright said.
After the brawl ended, she tried helping Andrews to his feet. He appeared dazed. She grabbed one arm and coaxed him as she lifted. He pushed up with his other arm, but then gave up.
We could probably end this post with a snarky jab at Bachmann’s expense, but instead we’re going to post some of the kind words posted on a Facebook memorial page dedicated to Andrews:
“This story brought tears to my eyes. To think that and knowing that people carry so much hate in their hearts that they have to take a life of someone else cause of their choice in lifestyle. May your story and the many others who have died because they live as who they are, continue to educate & give voice to those who may not take stance on who they are. May your spirit live in all of us! May your legacy live forever! You may not physically be here on earth, but your story will be…your work is not done!” —Kyn
Hey babycakes, I have cried in a longtime, but I know heaven has rejoice. I will never forget the laughs and encouraging words you gave me. Everything I do will be in your memory… Love you so much and I’m blessed to have experienced your friendship! See you at the Gate honey—Cherri
“We never met. Chances are, we might not have been the best of friends. But this is a cheap ending to what sounds like a damn good life, and I’m sorry we didn’t get the chance to at least say hi some day. Regards from the city of Angels.” —Doug
“… you was so peaceful friendly and quite, no one could feel the hurt n pain u yourself had to experience, it wasnt right and prey that you rest in peace. Plz be informed that you are the realist and your story will show alot of young men and women to stand up in what they believe in! Show them clouds how it’s done baby see you there.” —Keisha
“Sweet beautiful child, my heart is breaking along with all the other mamas who’ve heard your story. Bless you, I wish you could have lived long enough to have known what it’s like to fly before you lost your wings.”—Cindy
“As a 58 year old gay man who has been out and open for 39 years this really saddens me. I lost a great friend in 1988 Ken Eaton here in Des Moines to a senseless murder as well. The memories have all come flooding back, I have not felt this sad or ashamed of my fellow man for so long. Go with God young man and know my friend Ken is in Heaven waiting for you with open arms…” —Jim and Jessica