Tribute to man killed for being gay

Helen William | November 06, 2004

LONDON — A candlelit vigil was held yesterday for a gay man who was killed in a suspected homophobic attack.

David Morley, 37, a survivor of the Soho nail bombing in 1999, was beaten to death by youths on Saturday.

The vigil is organised by David�s friends, who described him as a �loving and kind� man.

The mourners will meet outside the Admiral Duncan, a gay pub in central London, which was ripped apart by a nail bomb left by neo-Nazi David Copeland. Three people died.

Mr Morley, of Chiswick, west London, survived with burns but was battered to death early on Saturday on London�s Southbank as he walked home from a gay club.

He suffered 40 bruises, a ruptured spleen and fractured ribs.

Each mourner carried a candle or a flower as a sign of respect at the vigil.

Friends paid tribute, a statement from London Mayor Ken Livingstone was read out and the London Gay Men�s Choir performed at St Anne�s Gardens, Soho.

The group will then dispersed and re-formed at Embankment tube station. They crossed Hungerford Bridge in silence, ending at the place where Mr Morley was attacked.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone said: �David Morley was well known and well loved in London�s lesbian and gay community.� – PA News

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