Gay Man Brutally Murdered Over A Pair Of Sunglasses Assailant Charged With Only Manslaughter

Last night Charlies mother is shocked and outraged that the killer of her son has been charged with only manslaughter.

It happened back on December 17th at an apartment building on Vinewood in southwest Detroit. Family members say Charlie, who was openly gay and slightly challenged, stepped on some sunglasses by accident.

Two men reportedly got angry, used gay slurs and started hitting Charlie. He hit back and the fight escalated and someone pulled a knife and in the end Charlie lay dead.

His mom Anna says she found him covered in blood, nearly naked.

Two men were arrested, one was released and the other, Titus Willis, is charged with manslaughter.

To kill someone over SUNGLASSES is about as barbaric as it gets, and the fact the charge is manslaughter and not murder more or less amount to a slap on the hand.  That in itself not to mention hate crime charges being leveled for using gay slurs during the attack is criminal in itself.  If Charlie had been a straight, blond haired, blue eyed, white girl the killer would have already been convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.

This is outrageous and sickening.


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1 thought on “Gay Man Brutally Murdered Over A Pair Of Sunglasses Assailant Charged With Only Manslaughter

  1. If this titus willis gets off with only manslaughter. it will be showing to everyone its okay to brutally murder a gay person you will only get a few years. we need to show an example to michigan that it is not okay to kill anyone not even if you are different.Murder is murder.why is it that detroit is not looking futher more into this case.more people need to get involved.this is a hate crime.and charlie had slightly challenged also the murders new what they was doing .

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