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.
JUSTICE FOR CHARLIE HERNANDEZ!
Detroit Main Office –United States Attorneys Office-District Attorney
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 2001
Detroit, MI 48226
Telephone: (313) 226-9100