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TUESDAY: Candlelight Vigil for Durval Martins

On Tuesday, May 19, GLOV is holding a candlelight vigil and march for Durval Martins who was murdered December 16. (Image: GLOV Web site.)

On Tuesday GLOV is holding a candlelight vigil and march for Durval Martins. (Image: GLOV Web site.)

D.C.’s Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) is holding a vigil and candlelight march this Tuesday at 7 p.m. starting at the Reeves Municipal Center. The purpose of the march is to draw attention to violence against the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender (GLBT) community and to draw attention to the still-unsolved December 16 murder of Durval Martins at 11th and Q NW .

  • When: Tuesday, May 19, 7 to 8:00 p.m. (estimated).
  • Where: Introductory remarks at Reeve Center Courtyard (northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW). Procession will head south on 14th street then turn east on Q Street and end at 11th and Q streets NW. The procession will end with a moment of silence at corner of 11th and Q streets NW (the site of Durval Martins’ murder).
  • What to Wear: Attendees are encouraged to show solidarity by wearing white.

From GLOV:

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) is holding a candlelight vigil and march to raise awareness about hate crimes against the Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender community and to renew focus on the murder of Durval Martins. GLOV—DC’s GLBT Anti-Violence Task Force—hopes to the vigil and march will bring new leads into Martins’ murder and help MPD close the case.

On December 16, 2008, Martins was shot and killed while on his way home. He was murdered at the intersection of 11th and Q streets NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood.

Local community leaders will be in attendance to raise awareness, enlist community support in finding those responsible and condemn hate-biased violence.

Durval’s identical twin brother, Pedro, will be there to join us. We ask that you come, too—bring friends, neighbors, colleagues and families—and please wear white to show your support. Please join us.

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