Charlie Howard

Charlie Howard

Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 7 Jul 1984 (aged 23)
Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 62191915 · View Source
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Murder Victim. Known for being a victim of a hate crime by a couple of teenagers as he was thrown off a bridge to his death due to being gay.

Charlie was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. At a young age, Charlie was often picked on by his classmates and students, due to Charlie being sick all the time (he suffered from asthma), and as a result decided to move away from New Hampshire and go elsewhere.

Charlie later moved to Ellsworth, Maine, where he stayed there until January 1984. While there, he made friends with a couple of guys named Paul Noddin and Scott Hamilton, where he remained friends with them until his death and moved in with them for a month.

Charlie later moved to Bangor,Maine where he joined a local Unitarian Church as well as a group called Interweave. Charlie became an active member there and later found him an apartment on First Street, where he also adopted a kitten too.

Charlie was openly gay, and would often recieve hateful taunts and criticism from many local citizens. Because of this, Charlie became more wary of strangers, especially after he came home to find his cat dead on his front step due to strangulation.

At the time of his death, Charlie was leaving to head home after participating at a potluck that the group Interweave was serving. While walking home with a friend, a couple of teenagers came by and started attacking Charlie, even going as far as to tie him up and later throw Charlie over the bridge, despite Charlie begging them not to do it because of his health and for the fact that he's not a good swimmer.

Charlie's body was found at 1 am by local fishermen. He suffered from severe astma attack and drowned. A memorial service was later held for Charlie at the Unitarian Church, and after the funeral, mourners later dropped flowers into the Kenduskeag Stream. Later, family and friends gathered by the local police station to pay their respects to Charlie by holding a silent observance.

The men responsible for Charlie's death were later arrested and sentenced to jail, only to be released within a couple of years.

Charlie's murder became the subject of many cultural topics, including Stephen King's novel It. A biography was later written on Charlie's life titled Penitence by Ed Armstrong. A memorial has been set up for Charlie within a short distance from where Charlie was murdered at. Charlie's death date, July 7, is now known as Diversity Day in Bangor, Maine.

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