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NCAVP mourns the death of Isaac Herrera in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

NCAVP mourns the death of Isaac Herrera, who was fatally stabbed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on January 9, 2018. According to media reports, Herrera, 24, was fatally stabbed during a sexual encounter with 18-year-old Brandon Newell, who confessed to the murder and who has been arrested though not yet formally charged.

We mourn the loss of Isaac Herrera, and send his friends and family love and care in the wake of his death. Isaac was a theater student at Oklahoma City Community College, a member of the school’s LGBT community, and was remembered as a budding actor who was “a friend to all that knew him.”

In 2017, NCAVP reported an increase in hook-up related homicides, especially against bisexual and gay cisgender men. We must address the effect of hook-up violence on our LGBTQ communities, especially as our networks move online and our community members continue to meet and hook up in a variety of ways. We must not only spread awareness about this form of violence, but promote affirming messages around sex, sexuality and safety, and create safe spaces for our communities.

In memory of Isaac Herrera.

A fund has been set up to help Isaac’s mother, Veronica Myers, with burial expenses. Donate here.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. Read the full list here.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

Larissa Pham

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