West Village Shaken by Weekend Murder

Sunday, May 19, 2013

“A Gay Man Was Brutally Murdered Here…” reads a red sign propped up against the door of an out-of-business Barnes and Noble on Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue. It’s surrounded by candles and flowers and two photos of 32-year-old Mark Carson who was shot in the face early Saturday morning in what police are calling a suspected hate crime.

On a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon a steady stream of passersby stopped to take in the makeshift memorial. Seathrun O’Coilleian came from Queens to see if he possibly knew the man killed. O’Coilleian said normally he felt safe being a gay man in New York City. “But it’s funny when the shadow of darkness falls you’re always looking over your shoulder a tiny little bit,” Ocoilleian said. “And we’re very aware as gay people this could happen at any time."

Alina Ramirez said she stopped at the memorial after hearing about the shooting on Instagram. The college student who goes to the nearby New School said she was shocked by the murder. “It just goes to show that as liberal as a city that we are, these things do happen,” Ramirez said.

Police arrested 33-year-old Elliott Morales, who's accused of hurling gay slurs at Carson and another man before fatally shooting Carson.

A march to denounce the crime is being planned for Monday at 5:30 p.m.


Julianne Welby


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Comments [5]

Xtina from THE Village

Suddenly everyone is calling this West Village, including WNYC. When did 8th St and Sixth Avenue become the 'west' village?

May. 20 2013 11:20 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I think what bothers me about this is the whole idea of stating that "A Gay Man..." How about: "A human being was brutally murdered here?" If he weren't gay, would a brutal murder be less brutal? Would his life be less significant?

When are we going to stop defining people by their sexual orientation and start worrying that there are very violent individuals roaming around in this society/city who still think it's okay to solve problems by killing other people?

May. 20 2013 04:55 PM

Brenda, STOP advertising in the comments section here on WNYC. Keep things pertinent to the conversation instead of trying to drum up traffic to your BLOG.

May. 20 2013 03:53 PM

just like the people who harass women walking down the street,these cretan misfits tend to belong to a certain specific latino group. that's why the term latino/hispanic should be trashed,it puts everyone into association with this group. who am i talking about: here's a hint,it's the numbskulls who go around waving their flag, and reminding us every fifteen minutes how proud they are to be who they are. a group of people, that never seems to be able to assess its own shortcomings and pathologies;yet screams out at everyone one else when it feels violated.

May. 20 2013 07:57 AM
Brenda from New York City

Any and all attacks are horrifying, but that a gay man would be targeted in the Village (almost exactly) 44 years after Stonewall is simply stunning. It's difficult to reconcile the very public progress of gay civil rights with the recent attacks here in NYC. Perhaps the sad truth is that it is an inevitable part of progress.

May. 20 2013 07:01 AM

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