if you don't have them already, there is a candle in the event notecard and two other different ones in the dispensers on either side of me, you will want one of the three when we do the vigil in a few moments (the ones to my left are the ones with the paper shield). You may also want to set your viewers to midnight and turn off any AOs to get the full effect of the candles.
(pause so people can get their candles)
This is our second year of doing this in Second Life, although it has been going on elsewhere since the 90s. I have always avoided talking at these events. While part of that was simple stage fright, the larger part was I feared nothing I could say would be worthy of their sacrifice. I came to realise though that the best way I could do that though was to simply remember them.
The 30 people we remember today who died since the last memorial come from all over the globe and all on their own paths. They span dates too: from the day after last year's TDOR to less than a week ago. All of them share one thing though: they were killed for being who they are. We remember them today.
Now on to the names, please get your candles out if you are not already wearing one.
Kellie Telesford of Thorton Heath, UK died on November 21, 2007. Kellie was strangled to death with a scarf, by 18 year old Shanniel Hyatt, who then covered the body of 39-year-old Kellie Telesford with a white blanket - with the brown furry scarf used to choke her still bound tightly round her neck. Hyatt said he killed her after discovering she had a penis. We remember you.
Brian McGlothin of Cincinnati, Ohio died on December 23, 2007. Brian was shot in the head with an automatic rifle by Antonio Williams who is serving a six year sentence. Brian was 25 years old. We remember you.
Gabriela Alejandra Albornoz of Santiago, Chile died on December 28, 2007. Gabriela was attacked and stabbed. We remember you.
Patrick Murphy of Albuquerque, NM died on January 8, 2008. Patrick was shot several times in the head and was found dressed in women’s clothes. We remember you.
Stacy Brown of Baltimore, MD also died on January 8, 2008. Stacy was shot in the head and was 30 years old. We remember you.
Adolphus Simmons of Charleston, SC died on January 21, 2008. Adolphus was shot to Death and was 18 yrs. old. We remember you.
Fedra of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia died the next day on January 22, 2008. Fedra was found lying face up in a pool of blood, and the cause of death is unknown. We remember you.
Ashley Sweeney of Detroit, Michigan died on February 4, 2008. Ashley was shot in the head. The age of Ashley Sweeney is unknown, she was only described as a young transgender woman in a press release. We remember you.
Sanesha (Talib) Stewart of Bronx, NY died on February 10, 2008. Sanesha was stabbed to death and was 25 years old. We remember you.
Lawrence King of Oxnard, California died on February 12, 2008. Lawrence was shot to death by a classmate because he liked to wear women’s clothes. Lawrence King was 15 years old. We remember you.
Simmie Williams Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida died on February 22, 2008 Simmie was shot to death, Simmie was found wearing women’s clothing. Simmie was 17 years old. We remember you.
Luna of Lisbon, Portugal died on March 15, 2008. Luna was brutally beaten to death and tossed into a dumpster. We remember you.
Lloyd Nixon of West Palm Beach, Florida died on April 16, 2008. Lloyd was repeatedly beat in the head with a brick. Lloyd was 45 years old. We remember you.
Felicia Melton-Smyth of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico died on May 26, 2008. Felicia was brutally stabbed to death by Francisco Javier Hollos, who said he killed her because she would not pay for sex. Felicia was an HIV activist on vacation from Wisconsin. We remember you.
Silvana Berisha of Hamburg, Germany died on June 24, 2008. Silvana was stabbed to death. We remember you.
Ebony (Rodney) Whitaker of Memphis, Tennessee died on July 1, 2008. Ebony was shot and was 20 yrs. old. We remember you.
Rosa Pazos of Sevilla, Spain died on July 11, 2008. Rosa was found in her apartment, she had been stabbed in the throat. We remember you.
Juan Carlos Aucalle Coronel of Lombardi, Italy died on July 14, 2008.Juan Carlos was severely beaten causing fractures to the head and face before being run over by a car. Juan Carlos was 35 years old. We remember you.
Angie Zapata of Greeley, Colorado died on July 17, 2008. Angie was found in her home with two severe fractures in her skull. Angie was murdered by 31 year old, Alan Ray Andrade. Angie was 18 years old. We remember you.
Jaylynn L. Namauu of Makiki Honolulu, Hawaii died on July 17, 2008. Jaylynn was stabbed to death. Jaylynn was 35 years old. We remember you.
Samantha Rangel Brandau of Milan, Italy died on July 29, 2008. Samantha was beaten, gang raped and stabbed numerous times before being left for dead. Samantha was 30 years old. We remember you.
Nakhia (Nikki) Williams of Louisville, Kentucky died on August 20, 2008. She was found near the dumpster next to her home and had been shot. She was 29 years old. We remember you.
Ruby Molina of Sacramento, California died on September 21, 2008. Samantha drowned and her naked body was found floating in the American river. She was 22 years old. We remember you.
Aimee Wilcoxson of Aurora, Colorado died on November 3, 2008. Aimee was found dead in her bed and the police have yet to reveal the cause. She was 34 years old. We remember you.
Duanna Johnson of Memphis, Tennessee died on November 9, 2008. Duana was shot and was found dead in the middle of the street. She was 42 years old. We remember you.
Dilek Ince of Ankara, Turkey died on November 11, 2008. Dilek was shot in the back of the head. We remember you.
Teish (Moses) Cannon of Syracuse, New York died on November 14, 2008. Teish was shot and was 22 years old.
Ali of Iraq died in Iraq during 2008 at an unknown date. She was executed for being transgender. We remember you.
Two other transgender women were executed at the same time as Ali. We remember you.
These are only the ones we know about. It also does not include suicides, which are also unknown. Please call out any names you wish remembered at this time.
(pause for names to be called out, make sure people are finished)
We remember you.