Aaron Scheerhoorn: Newly Formed Group Hopes to Honor Him by Improving Montrose

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Aaron Scheerhoorn's death has spawned a new effort to make Montrose safe
It was one of the year's more horrific widely publicized murders. In mid-December, in a case that echoed that of Kitty Genovese, 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death in front of Club Blur in front of numerous onlookers.

Scheerhoorn had slipped from the grasp of the alleged killer, 33-year-old Lydell Grant, minutes before and was on the run, visibly bleeding from a knife wound to the shoulder. He begged for sanctuary at Club Blur and was reportedly told by a bouncer to "take his shit somewhere else."

Scheerhoorn attempted to find refuge, but that delay was all it took for Grant to catch up with him and finish what he had started. Grant allegedly stabbed him again and again in Blur's parking lot.

According to Scheerhoorn's friend Sara Magnero, dozens of Scheerhoorn's friends came together to honor him after his death to see to it that his seemingly senseless and undeniably terrible death was not in vain. They have formed the Aaron Scheerhoorn Foundation For Change, and the second organizational meeting will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the GLBT Community Center (1900 Kane St., use the Silver Street entrance.)

Magnero says one of the goals is for Montrose bars, clubs, restaurants and other businesses to enter into a safe haven agreement, whereby they will promise not to turn away people in Scheerhoorn's desperate plight. Signatories to the agreement will be given stickers to place in their windows showing that they are safe havens for crime victims. The group is also exploring the relaunch of the (locally) defunct Q-Patrol, a gay-friendly analogue to the Guardian Angels.

"The sad thing is people heard about this stabbing, but they didn't hear all the details," Magnero says. "When they do hear how it happened, they are utterly outraged. This is not acceptable."

Ray Hill is serving as the foundation's temporary chair. All are welcome to attend. Magnero hopes that working together, people can bring Montrose back to what it once was -- both hedonistic and infused with community spirit.

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Polecatspud
Polecatspud like.author.displayName 1 Like

i have read many of the angry comments about this case directed towards the alleged perpetrator, lydell grant. do any of the writers know him personally? no doubt this was a horrific crime, and clearly it is our human nature to want to fix it.....pay somebody back....make somebody pay for what happened. and some one SHOULD have to pay for it. but in the rush to right a wrong, we must be sure the the right person pays. i will go back to several recent cases, where people have served many, many years for rapes, robberies etc...who have been recently vindicated due to DNA. if this grant fellow did this...there will be DNA evidence to support this contension. i am sure that no stone will be left unturned. contrary to what some believe our system is alive and well...and it will work in this case. try to stop the hatred. that will not help your poor friend. pray for him. pray for his family, and pray for justice to be done.has anyone out there ever been accused of something that they didn't do ? I HAVE AND IT IS VERY HURTFUL, AND HARD. EVEN WHEN THE TRUTH WAS REVEALED...SOME PEOPLE STILL BELIEVED IT. AND I HAD TO LIVE WITH THAT. i am now a little slower to rush to judgement and conviction. let the system work folks. even if something seems 100% cut and dried, sometimes there is more to it than meets the eye. peace to all

Hillray
Hillray

It is the job of each generation of glbt people and everyone in Montrose to help maintain our community's safety. Most of the businesses are glad to cooperate. Join us Saturday to keep the spirit going/

Syncro
Syncro

messed up. give the bouncer at club blur a scholarship straight to hell. what's gay got to do with it though?

joez
joez

Right. It happened in Montrose, but this is a bigger issue about basic human decency.

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