gay man killed at Tampa dog park; accused shooter claims self-defense but friends insist it was a hate crime

TAMPA, Fla. – The shooting incident at West Dog Park that resulted in the death of John Walter Lay, known as “Walt,” has sparked controversy as the accused shooter, Gerald Declan Radford, claims self-defense, while friends of Lay believe he was targeted for being gay. Lay’s friends are demanding justice, insisting that he was killed because of his sexual orientation. Despite Radford’s assertion of self-defense, Lay’s loved ones maintain that he was deliberately singled out. …

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