|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1961|
New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1984|
Charles was born in Portsmouth New Hampshire. He was fair haired and and small boned and suffered from asthma which led to quite a bit of teasing. In highschool he was bullied for being openly gay to the extent that he didn't even attend his Highschool Graduation.
In January 1984 Charles relocated to Bagnor, Maine and started making a life for himself.
Charles was openly gay and out and even quite flamboyant in his life style. If he felt like wearing make up, jewelry and a woman's accessories he would. He was known for singing the song "I Am What I Am" from the musical La Cage Aux Folles. Charlie was often tormented by local high school boys and was asked to leave a local night club when he danced with a man. Charlie was accosted by a woman in a local market one day shouting epithets such as "You pervert" and "You Queer!" Frightened, Charlie made a hasty retreat, but as he was leaving, stopped, turned around, and blew a kiss. After this, Charlie was more wary of strangers. Leaving his apartment one day, he found his pet kitten dead on the doorstep. It had been strangled.
On Saturday, July 7, 1984 Charlie attended a potluck at Interweave. He left the party at 10 pm with his friend Roy Ogden, he decided to go to the post office to check his P.O. Box. As Charlie and Roy walked up State St. and began to cross the Kenduskeag River Bridge, a car full of high school teens began to slow down. As Charlie and Roy walked up State St. and began to cross the Kenduskeag River Bridge, a car full of high school children began to slow down. Charlie was beaten and thrown off the Kenduskeag River Bridge. The Teens threatened Roy to try and make him keep quiet. Roy ran and pulled the first fire alarm that he could find on State Street.
An immediate search began for Charlie. At 1AM they found Charlie's body. An autopsy would reveal he had an asthma attack and drowned.
Today a short distance from the bridge a memorial has been erected. July 7, Charlie's Death Date, is now Diversity Day in Bangor. In July 2004 the Charles O. Howard Memorial Foundation was formed to promote diversity, tolerance and hate crime prevention.
This past year in July of 2009 a memorial service was held for Charlie which is the time the memorial for Charlie was dedicated 25 years after his death.
Created by: Calypsosmommy
Record added: Oct 09, 2009
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