The Murder of
Gwen Araujo was a 17 year old girl. She was loved by her family and friends, who all say that she had a sparkling personality and a love for life that shone through the hardships, bigotry and hatred that she had to endure. Her dream of getting away and living the life that she wanted not only as a makeup artist, but as a woman. This was taken from her when her life was cut short and a shadow would be forever cast over her friends and family for the joy that they had lost. Her life may have been short but the impact that she had on those who knew and loved her cannot be measured.
One of the center pieces of the court battle to bring the murders of Gwen to justice was the difference between 1st degree and 2nd degree murder. This definition can be the one thing that separates a juror's decision for finding someone guilt which was the case during both trials. To better understand the difference and make up your own mind about where you stand.
"Left Hanging" by Brian Kluepfel
This is an article that was published in the East Bay Express, may 11th, 2005. This is an opinion piece written about his experience as juror on this case and what were his thoughts on the pending second trial.
News Report from Local Channel about parole hearing for men convicted of Gwen's Murder
"Leaving no stone up-turned, Director Shelly Prevost scrupulously examines the murder trial of Gwen Araujo and provides numerous interviews with Gwen Araujo's mother Sylvia and the attorneys involved in the case."
Director: Michelle Prevost
Documentary dealing with Gwen's murder, the trial, and some of the hardships faced by the family.
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