Man threatens to ‘kill every gay person’ at St. Louis Pride

Man threatens to 'kill every gay person' at St. Louis Pride

Edward Terry, of St. Louis, allegedly emailed deadly messages to Pride organizers | St Louis County Jail

Police in Missouri have arrested a man for allegedly threatening to murder every single person at the St. Louis Pride Parade later this month.

Edward Terry, 49, was apprehended by law enforcement earlier this week after authorities linked him to series of threatening emails sent to STLPride, the organization in charge of St. Louis Pride.

In one correspondence, he said he would ‘come to pride fest with my guns to kill every gay person I can before I kill myself.’

What happened?

Allegedly, Terry used a fake account to send a series of emails to threaten to carry out the ruthless act before turning the weapon on himself at the downtown event that draws thousands of people each year.

When organizers saw the message sent by Terry, they informed the FBI. The group tracked the emails to Terry’s cellphone, charges say.

Court documents specified that authorities then tapped into his home address and apprehended him.

A judge set bail for Terry at a modest $20,000 – cash only – despite authorities charging him as a terrorist, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Marty Zuniga, vice president of PrideFest, said the organization works ‘hard to produce an event that is safe for all participants’.

‘PrideFest takes all threats seriously and works with local law enforcement,’ he said in a statement. ‘We don’t comment on ongoing investigations.’

Pride organizers comment

Marty Zuniga, vice president of PrideFest, said the organization works ‘hard to produce an event that is safe for all participants’

‘PrideFest takes all threats seriously and works with local law enforcement,’ he said in a statement. ‘We don’t comment on ongoing investigations.’

No attorney who can comment on his behalf is listed in online court records.

St. Louis PrideFest is set to take place on 29 and 30 June.

LGBTI rights in Missouri 

With over six million residents, the Midwestern state of Missouri is named after the river that flows through its center. And like that river, LGBTI have flowed at a steady rate over the years.

Courts recognized marriage equality in 2015. This was the apex of decades of activism from LGBTI advocacy groups, such as the removal of sodomy from its definition of Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree in 2006.

However, Missouri law does not address discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Moreover, changing one’s gender is one fraught with bureaucracy and court orders.

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