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1 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured As Car Slams Into Wilton Manor's Pride Parade

1 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured As Car Slams Into Wilton Manor’s Pride Parade

1 person is dead and 1 person has been seriously injured after a driver slammed into spectators Saturday evening at the start of a Pride parade in South Florida, killing one man and seriously injuring another during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade Saturday night.

Via AP News:

To my knowledge it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” Knight said in the statement. “We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said a driver of a pickup truck suddenly accelerated when he was told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims, according to WSVN-TV.

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In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Trantalis said he believed the crash was “deliberate.” and spectator Christina Currie told the South Florida SunSentinel that she was with her family at the start of the parade.

“All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence,” Currie said. “It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic.”

It is unclear at this time what exactly did happen and why.

Police said the driver was taken into custody, Both the driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus family, according to a statement reported by news outlets from the group’s president, Justin Knight.

Wilton Manors, Florida Elects All Gay City Commission and Mayor

Wilton Manors, Florida Elects All Gay City Commission and Mayor

The city of Wilton Manors, in South Florida will have an all-gay City Commission and a newly elected gay Mayor after Tuesday’s election.

Commissioner Justin Flippen was elected mayor, while the outgoing mayor, Gary Resnick, won a commissioner seat. Paul Rolli won the second commissioner seat in a four-candidate race.

The two other commissioners who form the five-person body, Julie Carson and Tom Green, are in the middle of their terms.

Commissioner Scott Newton, the only straight member of the commission, lost his re-election bid.

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census showed that Wilton Manors has the second-highest percentage of gay couples — behind Provincetown, Mass. — in the country.

Wilton Manors is the second city in the United States to have a city council with all gay members, after Palm Springs, California.

Tuesday’s election will also give Florida more openly gay and lesbian state legislators — three of 160 — than it’s had before.

Jennifer Webb, a Gulfport Democrat, became the first open lesbian elected to the state House of Representatives.

State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, the state’s first openly gay Latino legislator, won a second term on Tuesday.

State Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, who became the state’s first openly gay black legislator when he came out in August, didn’t have any opposition in his re-election bid.

Florida Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Gay Couple in Wilton Manors

Florida Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Gay Couple in Wilton Manors

A Florida man, who described gay people as a “disgrace,” has been given the death penalty for murdering a gay couple he met on Craigslist back in 2010.

Peter Avsenew, who described gay people as a “disgrace,” was convicted last year of murdering Kevin Adams and Steven Powell (pictured above) at their home in Wilton Manors.  Adams and Powell were found shot dead and wrapped in blankets the day after Christmas in 2010.

Avsenew, a male sex worker, met the couple after he placed an ad on Craigslist. He moved in with the couple of weeks before their deaths.

The prosecution alleged that Avsenew was found with the couple’s car, an SUV, adding that he had used their credit cards.

Avsenew’s mother turned him in to police after he arrived at her home in central Florida unexpectedly and then made suspicious comments to her.

She also testified against him in court.

Avsenew  who showed no remorse over the murders, sent a hand-written letter to Broward County Judge Ilona Holmes, following his conviction.

The letter read:

“It is my duty as a white man to cull the weak and timid from existence. I will always stand up for what I believe in and eradicate anything in my way. Homosexuals are a disgrace to mankind and must be put down. These weren’t the first and won’t be the last.”

The date of execution has not yet been set. 

Craigslist Killer

Craigslist Killer Give The Finger To Murdered Gay Men’s Families at Sentencing Trial

Convicted Craigslist Killer Peter Avsenew stood before a Broward jury Thursday morning and offered no excuses, no explanations and no signs of remorse.

“I have no regrets in my life and I’m proud of every decision I’ve ever made,” he said.

Avsenew, 32, was convicted of murder in the 2010 deaths of Kevin Mark Powell, 47, and Stephen Adams, 52, in Wilton Manners, a heavily populated gay city near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Prosecutors said Avsenew used Craigslist to get invited to the victims’ home and then killed and robbed them, leaving with their money, a car, and other belongings.

Avsenew’s attorneys argued that he went to the couple’s house and found them already dead, and that he didn’t call 911 because he was working for the couple as an escort.

The jury deliberated less than three hours and recommended that Avsenew, 33, be put to death for the murders of Powell of Adams.

Minutes after the sentencing, Avsenew gave the middle finger to the victims’ families.

Avsenew is the first defendant in Broward to receive a death recommendation from a jury since the state’s death penalty law was rewritten last year. Juries now have to make unanimous decisions to execute convicted killers.

Source: The Sun Sentinel 

Man Accused Of Making PULSE Style Massacre Threats Against Gay Community To Be Arraigned Today On Federal Terrorist Charges

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Craig Jungwirth who made social  media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community over Labor Day weekend in South Florida was arrested Saturday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports:

On Wednesday, FBI agents identified the address of Jungwirth’s mother, and found Craig Jungwirth walking on the street in the area of Citrus Chase Drive in the Bay Hill area. FBI and Orlando Police detectives talked to Jungwirth, who refused to read the printed Facebook statements, and denied making the threats. He would not speak further, and referred detectives to his lawyer.

The FBI subpoenaed Facebook, which identified Jungwirth as the user of the Facebook account that posted the threats, and traced the internet account with Brighthouse Networks to Jungwirth’s address. Jungwirth was arrested Saturday. The FBI has charged him with one count of “threatening communications.”

He is in federal custody at the Seminole County Jail and is expected to have his initial appearance before a judge on Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Orlando. Numerous law agencies are continuing to work the case, including FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Miami and Tampa, along with the Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

Sources tell Back2Stonewall that Jungwirth is very well known in the Wilton Manors community and that he is a constant nuisance and trouble maker

Jungwirth faces up to five years in federal prison.

 

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