BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In 1984, Charlie Howard an openly gay man was walking across the State Street Bridge when three teenagers pulled over, jumped him and tossed him in the stream. This past Monday, July 7, 2014, marked the 30th anniversary of his death.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor held a service Sunday in Charlie's honor and to spread his message of loving and accepting others. Locals recognized what happened by holding a sermon and taking a stroll down to the Kenduskeag Stream where the hate crime occurred.
At 23, Charlie was killed, yet his story has touched many hearts, including Daniel Williams.
"I don't like to hear injustice. I don't like to hear bullying. I don't like to hear nasty things said by people because it has happened to me."
This tragedy has opened the eyes of the Bangor community about violence against homosexuals, yet there is still progress to be made. Kerry Rogerson said her heart aches for Charlie and wishes she had the opportunity to get to know him.
"You shouldn't treat people badly or kill them for that matter for their sexual orientation. And it's very important that we learn that so it doesn't lead to other crimes."