GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Friday, May 16, 2008 hundreds of LGBT and straight ally community members turned out at Main Street Plaza to celebrate the life of openly gay college student Sean Kennedy, slain in an anti-gay hate crime May 16, 2007.
The crowd joined Kennedy’s mother, Elke Kennedy, in remembering the life and spirit of her son exactly one year after then-19-year-old Stephen Moller punched him in the face. Kennedy’s fall to the ground after Moller’s punch resulted in serious head injuries, causing his death.
Moller was first charged with murder but has since had his charges reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
“What will it take for all of us to get involved?” Kennedy asked the crowd, according to GayGreenville.net.
After Kennedy’s speech, the crowd participated in a march to Liberty Bridge. Participants dropped flowers into Reedy River.
“It simply can no longer be tolerated that people can attack and even kill others with the possibility of walking away with no jail time,” Elke Kennedy said.