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    Activists to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Nex Benedict at WeHo United Church of Christ

    Activists are holding a candlelight vigil and march for Nex Benedict, a 16-year-old non-binary student who passed away on February 8, 2024, following a physical altercation at Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma, the previous day. The vigil will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2023, starting at 6pm, West Hollywood United Church of Christ, at 7350 W Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles.

    Speakers will include Ryan Cassata, Shane Ivan Nash and 2S activist Xodiak.

    According to reports, Benedict was being bullied at school and was alleged assaulted by three younger girls in the girls’ restroom before their untimely death. The Owasso Police Department initially stated that Benedict did not succumb to injuries sustained during the altercation. However, as of February 25, 2024, final autopsy and toxicology reports are pending, leaving the cause of death undetermined.

    Nex Benedict was raised by their grandmother, Sue Benedict, in Owasso, Oklahoma, and attended Owasso High School. Sue Benedict revealed that Nex had been enduring bullying due to their identity for about a year leading up to the incident.

    On February 7, 2024, Nex Benedict engaged in a confrontation with three freshmen girls in the school restroom, allegedly provoked by persistent harassment. The incident, captured in a 21-minute interview with a police officer, resulted in physical altercation, with Benedict reportedly throwing water at the girls before being assaulted.

    The school administration stated that the altercation was swiftly intervened by other students and staff, with all parties involved being assessed for health concerns. Benedict was subsequently suspended for two weeks from school, prompting Sue Benedict to seek medical evaluation for Nex later that day.

    Tragically, Nex Benedict collapsed at home on February 8 and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Investigations into the circumstances surrounding Benedict’s death are ongoing, with law enforcement awaiting toxicology and autopsy results.

    The aftermath of Benedict’s death has sparked reactions from various quarters. LGBTQ advocacy groups have raised concerns about the incident potentially being a hate crime, while public figures including Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris have expressed condolences and support for LGBTQ+ youth.

    The incident has also reignited discussions around LGBTQ+ rights in Oklahoma, with organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) drawing connections between Benedict’s death and state policies affecting LGBTQ+ individuals.

    Despite conflicting reports regarding the cause of death, calls for further investigation persist, with demands for an independent or federal inquiry from activists and lawmakers alike.

    In response to the tragedy, Owasso Public Schools has announced measures to enhance security within the district and provide support services for affected students.

    As investigations continue, the community mourns the loss of Nex Benedict while seeking clarity and accountability in the pursuit of justice.

    There is currently a gofundme campaign to help with funeral costs. https://www.gofundme.com/f/dagny-benedict

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    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    1 month ago

    A vigil was held where? A place no one‘s heard of it should’ve been held on San Vicente and the center of town. None of these lazy queens are going to go up to Sunset Boulevard wherever this church is located.
    also my pronouns are:
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    1 month ago

    “Their”?
    it’s ONE person

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