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As if junior high isn’t hard enough.. when a boy goes to school dressed as a girl you can only imagine the reaction.
That was the case for 15-year-old Larry King, an 8th-grader at E.O. Green Junior High School just north of Malibu California.
Larry was openly gay. He came out at just 10 years old, and friends say he was proud of who he was. He liked dressing up so he wore jewelry and makeup to school, and along with the school uniform, most days he wore his high heeled boots.
Larry lived in a group home called Casa Pacifica. His biological mother was a drug addict. His father had left them. Larry had been adopted but the family struggled with his behavior so he moved to the group home. He had been there just a few months when he started dressing like a girl, workers told CNN.
Larry ran into a lot of trouble at school because he was gay and because of how he dressed. Friends say he was teased constantly, and bullied in nearly every class. Some stood up for him but nothing changed. Until February 12, 2008. Larry was in English class when suddenly police say a boy seated behind him pulled out a gun he’d managed to bring inside school and shot Larry in the back of the head. He was rushed to hospital but pronounced brain dead the next day. He was kept on a ventilator for two days so his organs could be donated.
The boy accused of murdering him, Brandon McInerney, was picked up by police just blocks from school after someone called 911. He says he’s not guilty, but he’s been charged with first degree murder and a hate crime. He could get more than 50 years in prison. McInerney is being tried as an adult even though he turned 14 just weeks before the shooting. The trial is set for July.
If McInerney did shoot and kill Larry King...what might have driven him to do it?
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