Target: Henry Trochesset, Sheriff of Galveston County
Goal: Urge authorities to label the murder of a lesbian couple as a hate crime and to demand justice
The brutal murder of a lesbian couple in Texas has left one child without a mother and two families in utter shock and mourning. The bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both just 24 years old, were found near a dumpster outside of a convenience store. The two women were attacked and killed in different ways, one shot and the other beaten to death, after taking a trip to Galveston to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Crystal Jackson was the mother to a five-year-old girl, who gave a heart wrenching speech at a candlelight vigil held for the couple–whom many of their friends refer to as soul mates. Galveston County authorities have released an image of the man allegedly seen driving around in the couple’s new car and using one of the women’s debit cards.
Cosby, who was a barista at Starbucks, and Jackson, a security guard, had been together for almost 2 years. The senseless murders of these two women have been raising serious questions as they come just a year after the tragic shooting near Corpus Christi of yet another lesbian couple. During that incident Kristene Chapa, 18, was shot in the head and survived, while her girlfriend, Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, died instantly.
Both crimes have yet to be labeled as hate crimes, but with multiple violent attacks involving LGBT people in Texas, one could conclude that Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson were targeted because of their sexual orientation.
By signing this petition you’ll tell Henry Trochesset to recognize these purposeless acts of violence as hate crimes, and demand justice for Cosby and Jackson’s distraught families.
Dear Henry Trochesset,
As Sheriff of Galveston County I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of violent crimes. But the recent murders of lesbian couple Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson struck a chord with me as they come just one year after another incident near Corpus Christi involve the shooting of another lesbian couple. Hate crimes, especially those against LGBT people, have been popping up around Texas and I believe that it is safe to say that, because of this pattern of attacks, Cosby and Jackson were, indeed, targeted because of their sexual orientation.
As a strong LGBT supporter, the chilling details of this case not only come as a shock but are discouraging. The fight for LGBT rights has never been fiercer, but, unfortunately, for every step forward an act like this just feels like a hundred steps pushed back.
I urge you to recognize the seriousness of this murder as a hate crime, and work diligently to bring the murderer to justice so that the Cosby and Jackson’s families, as well as Jackson’s five-year-old daughter, may receive some semblance of closure.
[Your Name Here]
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