Florida pickup truck hits Pride, at least one dead

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Truck drove into pride march in Wilton, Florida on June 19, 2021

UNITED STATES – The driver of a van struck several people gathered for an LGBT + (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans) pride march this Saturday, June 19 in the United States, killing at least one man, a media reported American.

The incident, which we do not yet know if it was a deliberate assault, occurred at the start of the parade in the town of Wilton Manors (Florida, southeast), near Fort Lauderdale. The driver of the van was arrested and then taken into police custody. Police said they were investigating all leads.

The vehicle lined up with the participating floats, but sped up and struck several people, Local 10 News reported.

At least two men were struck by the vehicle and one died, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, present at the parade, told Local 10 News.

According to him, the van actually aimed at the car of Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which was in a convertible, but narrowly missed it.

Elements that remain to be determined

“This is a terrorist attack on the LGBT community,” Dean Trantalis said. “This is exactly what it is. Not really an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Fortunately, they missed that person but unfortunately they hit two other people ”.

But pledge that the exact circumstances of the tragedy are not yet completely clear, during his arrest the conductor was wearing a t-shirt of a choir group, Chorus, in which the two victims participated.

The president of the singing group thus assured in a press release, as relayed by Local 10 News and NBC: “Our fellow Chorus members are the ones who were injured and the driver was also part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. We anticipate that more details will follow and ask for the love and support of the community ”.

While the parade was canceled “due to a tragic event,” other festival events continued, according to local police.

June is Gay Pride Month, which commemorates the riots in Stonewall, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York. These events would energize the movement for homosexual rights and give birth in June 1970 to the first New York Pride.

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