Tomorrow evening Liverpudlians gay and straight will pay tribute to a young man murdered in an allegedly homophobic attack.
Two teenagers denied the murder of Michael Causer when they appeared at Liverpool Crown Court earlier this month.
James O’Connor from Halton and Gavin Alker from Runcorn, both 19, had previously been charged with causing grevious bodily harm to Mr Causer, who was 18 and from Huyton.
The pair’s trial will begin on January 26th.
18 year old Michael Binstead from Prescot has been charged with perverting the course of justice.
O’Connor and Binstead were granted conditional bail while Alker was remanded in custody.
Michael was attacked on 25th July this year.
Despite brain surgery, he died in hospital on Saturday 2nd August.
Marie and Michael Causer Senior said in a statement after their son’s death:
“Mickey was very close to all members of his family and will be greatly missed by his Mum and Dad, brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and his grandparents.
“Mickey loved life and had many friends.
“He was popular and well liked.
“Mickey was the life and soul of the party, a happy, and outgoing eighteen-year-old man.
“Our world will never been the same without him.”
The memorial service for Michael will take place at 6.00pm on Saturday 29th November at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool.
The service will be a celebration of Michael’s life.
“All are welcome, particularly the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender communities of Merseyside, to attend to pay their respects,” according to organisers.
“You do not have to have known Michael personally. What matters is that you care.
“This may be the first time that a memorial service for an openly gay man has been held in Liverpool Cathedral but, despite the historic nature of the event, there’s no dress code.
“Michael’s family have said simply, “Come as you are.” Red AIDS ribbons, Michael Causer badges – all are welcome.
“But please try to arrive a little before 6.00pm so that we can be seated for the start of the service.”