And Speaking of Iowa – Specifically Waterloo (Hometown of John Wayne Gacy and Michele Bachmann)….

From the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier:

A brutal fight that claimed the life of a Waterloo teen started with taunting, witnesses said.

Police confirmed that 19-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews was officially pronounced dead at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Relatives and acquaintances said he died after being removed from life support at an Iowa City hospital.

“It’s just not fair,” said friend Nakita Wright. “I don’t wish that to happen to my worst enemy.”

Officers and paramedics said they found Andrews unconscious with severe head injuries in the early morning hours Friday.

What sort of taunts?

[Nakita Wight] and Tudia Simpson, her cousin, went for a walk down the street. Andrews opted to stay behind, waiting on the enclosed porch, she said.

The two women hadn’t made it as far as Adams Street a block away when they heard yelling back at the house. They ran back and found a truck stopped in the street, and the occupants were taunting Andrews, calling him “faggot” and “Mercedes,” a feminization of his first name, Simpson said.

Towleroad has this:

 Aksarbent notes that up until yesterday, police had maintained it was unclear why Andrews was targeted, and the first reports of the anti-gay slurs were published in the WCF Courier report today.

There’s also a link to a KCRG-TV news item about the murder.

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