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Family Believes Sexual Orientation Was Motive for Murder of Gay Teen

Terrance Wright, 18. Family photo.

Terrance “Jawan” Wright, 18, had recently transferred to a new high school in Chicago’s Far South Side, to escape the bullying he endured at his old school. On October 19, Wright was fatally shot after police say five teens tried to rob him. Wright’s family believes that his sexual orientation was the reason for his killing. ”I believe they only did that to him because he was gay,” Wright’s brother Javone, 16, told CBS. His uncle, Tawayn Bouldin, doesn’t think robbery was the motive: ”What they going to rob him of – his books?”

The individuals accused of robbing and killing Wright have not been named, but the Chicago Tribune reports that a 14-year-old boy who police say shot Wright appeared in juvenile court on murder charges. Wright died of a gunshot wound to the chest. His 19th birthday would have been October 28.

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