Utterly Senseless

How I missed these stories this week, I'll never know, but here they are. Despite that, I want you to know these two stories are not pleasant, and are not easy to stomach. I present them to you so that we can collectively acknowledge their existence, the problem, and pray for change and the peace of their spirits.

Shaniya Davis: A little, 5-year-old girl named Shaniya Davis went missing on November 10th. A frantic phone call to the police by her mother started a search that, long story short, ended in the finding of this girl's body on Monday of this week. In between that time, it has been found out that her mother had sold her as a sex slave to a man named Mario McNeill. McNeill took his slave to a hotel room, where the two were recognized by a staff member who then called police. By the time police arrived, the man and the girl were gone. The body was, as I said, found on Monday after she was raped and choked to death. McNeill was officially charged yesterday with First Degree Murder and First Degree Rape of a Child by North Carolina prosecutors. The biological mother, Antoinette Davis, is in custody and has been charged with Child Trafficking and Child Abuse Involving Prostitution. Davis' biological father and step-mother are utterly distraught, yet have said they pray for these people for they know not what they do. (Echoing the statement Jesus said in the Bible as he was hung on the cross.) It goes without saying that this little girl is utterly precious, and I hope you join with me in sending her family the brightest and highest blessings. I know in my heart of hearts this girl has joined with the Mother Goddess in the happiest of afterlives.

Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado: 19-year-old Jorge Mercado was murdered on November 13th. I'm sorry, that's not quite accurate. Mercado was beaten, dismembered, beheaded, and burned on the night of November 13th in Cayey, Puerto Rico. His alleged murderer was caught and claimed gay panic as his motivation for this most brutal of killings. Gay panic basically states that the defendant was temporarily insane, because they're just so immensely disgusted by being near a gay or transgender person. It has been successfully used many times, sadly enough. The original investigator in the case said, "These types of people, when they enter this lifestyle and go out into the streets know that this could happen." This statement has been condemned by others, but not, yet, by this officer. This is a hate crime, though will most likely not be charged as such as no crime in Puerto Rico has ever been charged as a hate crime. Even though this beautiful man had his arms and legs and torso torn from his body, even though he was burned and decapitated, that man, I'm am wholly confident, is being embraced by the Great Father and Mother into an afterlife without pain.

Let us remember their names and faces and take up the cause of NEVER AGAIN!

Bless you and Blessed Be!

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte


  1. Gay Panic?! Is that going to be an ACTUAL excuse for actions like this....This is sickening!

  2. OMG! I don't even know what to say I am so sickened by these stories! All we can do is be the best people we can and to "be the change we want to see in the world"!


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