Friday, December 21, 2012

Gary, IN photographer Terrell Smith, 25, shot to death during probable robbery; took two bullets

Kate Sosin of the Windy City Times reports that Terrell Smith, a young gay man who was active in Chicago LGBT organizing, was shot to death December 16th in Gary. Smith had been a member of Chicago-based LGBTQ organization National Youth Pride Services (NYPS).
     In a remembrance posted on the NYPS website, the organization recalled Smith's enthusiasm for community activism.
     "The world may never know that Terrell did work on the national level for the next generation, not just in Chicago and Gary," a post at the LGBTQ organization's website says. "His work with us impacted young people from California to Florida and we will remember his efforts always."
     Smith came out as gay his Sophomore year of high school, said Elesia Davis, a longtime close friend. His family had been supportive, she said, and Smith was open about who he was and what he believed in. Smith cared deeply about gay marriage, Davis said.

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