This Saturday, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will hold a march and candlelight vigil to support gay rights. The march, which will start at 51st Street and 43rd Avenue at 4 p.m., will commemorate the life of gay rights activist Lou Rispoli by marching to 41-00 43rd Ave., where Rispoli was attacked by three men on Oct. 20. He died five days later.
Van Bramer invites people to “join us for a march and candlelight vigil as we come together as a community to speak out against violence.” He asks attendees to bring candles.
Rispoli had lived in Sunnyside for about 30 years. “Lou was a very proud gay man and someone who worked for equality,” said Van Bramer at a press conference held on the day Rispoli was taken off life support.
Rispoli was assaulted by two men around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning while he was taking a walk through the neighborhood. A tall suspect kept watch at the car.
The New York City Police Department, the Mayor’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the attack.