BRAVO MOURNS THE LOSS OF JOEY LABUTE, JR. OF GAHANNA, OHIO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2016
Aaron Eckhardt, Training & Technical Assistance Director
(614) 294-7867 | email@example.com
BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization) responds to the death of Joey LaBute, Jr. a 26 year old gay man in Columbus, Ohio.
Joey had last been seen in the Short North neighborhood on March 5, 2016. BRAVO has been working with Union Café, Stonewall Columbus, Columbus Division of Police, and other community organizations and individuals in Columbus with the search efforts to find Joey. BRAVO continues to work with those and others to offer our assistance with efforts to support Joey’s family, friends, and community during this critical time. Tonight we will be gathering at the gazebo in Goodale Park for a community wide vigil at 7:00pm.
“Our hearts, minds and condolences are with Joey’s family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. All of us at BRAVO are saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted and remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio.” says Aaron Eckhardt, BRAVO Training and Technical Assistance Director. “We must continue to come together as a broad community of support to say hate has no home in Ohio,” Eckhardt added.
At this time there are no details as to cause of death or motivation. In cases such as this the possibility of hate motivation must always be considered. “We continue to be concerned about the prevalence of violence in this climate of seemingly increased hostility toward LGBTQI people.” Gloria McCauley, BRAVO Executive Director stated.
BRAVO urges anyone with information about the death of Joey LaBute, Jr. to contact the Columbus Police at (614) 645-4545. If you want assistance in sharing
information or filing a report contact BRAVO
BRAVO is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).
BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities