US: San Francisco gay man dies of injuries sustained in attack
A gay man who was attacked near San Francisco’s Castro neighbourhood earlier this week has died from his injuries.
Bryan Higgins, also known as Feather Lynn, was found around 7 a.m. on Sunday morning by passersby on a San Francisco street.
Police officials did not know who Feather was, leading them to release a photo of Feather to the public via social media to aid in their investigation.
In the photo, Feather is shown in a hospital gown, unconscious, and hooked up to life support.
Feather was taken off of life support on Wednesday and later died, prompting a murder investigation.
Police told a local NBC affiliate that they do not know a motive for the attack, or if the attack was a hate crime.
Police do have security video footage of the attack, saying the suspect is a white male in his 20s or 30s wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
Feather was a member of the Radical Faeries, a subset of gay men who believe there is a spiritual connection to their sexuality, and a known gay rights activist in the San Fransisco area.
Feather’s friend Justime told the NBC affiliate: “He had a huge impact on the entire LGBTQ community here in San Francisco and the Bay Area, but especially within the Radical Faeries.”