Jock Maurice McKinney ("Valarie")Age 50
12 Jul 2013
Shreveport, Louisiana (USA)
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Jock was an openly gay man who often crossdressed as Valarie. Newspaper reports quoted friends saying that he was a very caring and warmhearted person and suspect that the murder may have been a hate crime.
50-year-old Mckinney was shot to death in the early morning hours of July 12th, near where a makeshift memorial now stands on Kennedy Drive.
He was also an openly gay man, who his friends say often dressed in women's clothing.
Those who knew him wonder if that could lead police to a motive.
"We have family, he had family. It's just sad. I'd hate to lose my best friend, you know," comments Antonio Barnum, who says McKinney lived in the apartment building next to door to Barnum's.
TvT project: KSL 01.08.2013 & Shreveport Times 16.07.2013 & Lousiana Radio Network 17.07.2013