Murders of Gay Men Cause Concern

March 14, 1997

Since the bill failed to win the needed votes two years ago, seven other gay men have been murdered across Texas, three of them in the Austin area. Last summer was an especially trying one for local gay activists. Three men were killed within weeks of each other in unrelated homicides.

The first death in July involved a 10-year government employee, Bruce Becker, 36, who police say was beaten and stabbed by a man he had befriended on the Drag and taken to his home.

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