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British gay rights group protests Dwayne Jones' killing

Published:Wednesday | August 28, 2013

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



A British gay rights group staged a protest outside Jamaica’s High Commission building in London earlier today demanding justice for the July mob-murder of 17-year-old cross-dresser, Dwayne Jones in St James.




The protest was organised by Out & Proud African LGBTI and Justice for Dwayne Jones, with the support of Peter Tatchell Foundation - a British human rights group.



Along with a petition, the groups are calling for the Jamaican authorities to protect members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community against hate crime.



The 17-year-old, who was dressed in women's clothing, was reportedly pointed out by a female at a dance in Adelphi after which he was beaten, stabbed, shot to death and his body dumped along a roadway.



Last week, former deputy commissioner of police, Mark Shields called for an update on police investigations.



The police have not said whether progress is being made in their probe.



Jones’ killing resulted in widespread condemnation and has attracted significant international media attention. 



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