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NCAVP mourns the death of John Likeness, a 54 year-old white gay man from Menomonie, WI

NCAVP mourns the death of John Likeness, a 54 year-old white gay man from Menomonie, WI, who died from a domestic violence related homicide on December 30, 2018. According to media reports, Likeness died as a result to an injury from a crossbow allegedly by his “common law husband” Richard W. Seehaver. Richard is in custody and charged with first-degree intentional homicide, domestic abuse, being a repeat criminal offender and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.

According to the Start Tribute, John’s niece said “her uncle was a distinguished Army veteran who served for 10 years until 1993 and became disabled while in the military.”

“John was proud to have served our country and although a disabled veteran, he spent this last year embracing independence while exploring the U.S. by railway,” the niece said.

NCAVP’s latest report, issued earlier this week, Hate Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected Communities in 2017 highlights the LGBTQ people’s risk for severe and fatal intimate partner, domestic, and hate violence.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against and within our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

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.