Vigils throughout Texas for murdered lesbian couple

Crystal Jackson and Britney CosbyBY LESBIAN.COM

Vigils throughout Texas are planned Wednesday night to commemorate the lives of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, 24, who were found killed near a trash bin in Port Bolivar on March 7.

Cosby’s father, James Larry Cosby, has been arrested in connection with the case. According to various media outlets, Cosby’s mother believes James Cosby was upset by the relationship.

The couple who had been together for two years lived in Houston with Cosby’s five-year-old daughter.

“We want to celebrate the way Britney and Crystal lived and not the way they died. They were a part of a community, an LGBT family that mourns their loss, said Dallas GetEQUAL TX activist C.d. Kirven in a statement.

Vigils will be held in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin and Corpus Christi.

Tiffani Bishop, co-state lead organizer for GetEQUAL TX said, “The tragic murders of Britney and Crystal are truly heartbreaking. To discover that Britney’s father is suspected of committing these crimes is difficult to wrap my head around. It is beyond time that our community begin an open and honest dialogue about violence against queer women of color.”

Vigil attendees are asked to wear yellow to honor the women’s memory. More vigils throughout the state are in the works. The GetEQUAL TX Facebook page will have details.

If you have information, please contact the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 866-248-8477 or Galveston County Crime Stoppers 409-763-8477.

All the vigils are on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the times and locations below.

Austin Vigil
8pm
MCC Austin
8601 South 1st St.

Dallas Prayer Vigil

7pm
Living Faith Covenant Church
3403 Shelley Blvd.

Fort Worth Vigil
8pm
Rainbow Lounge
651 South Jennings Ave.

Corpus Christi
7:30pm
The Water Gardens
1902 N. Shoreline

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