Philip Walsted Archives®©
1978 - 2002
Philip Arthur Walsted
2002 Gay Hate Crime Murder
Victim in Tucson, Arizona
Philip Arthur Walsted
In June of 2002, Philip Walsted,
a 24-year old Gay local man in Tucson, Arizona
was murdered in a brutal
and violent Hate Crime.
Mr. Walsted was beaten to death.
Reports verified there were injuries to over
50 places on Walsted's body,
including numerous injuries
to Mr. Walstead's head.
The crime started out as a robbery,
but quickly the killer David Higdon's Nazi beliefs,
his perceived need to kill a Gay Man
to prove himself to the Nazi's,
and his hatred of Gay People
were the causes of the murder.
Philip Walsted's many friends, loved ones,
family, and all those he worked with
and came in contact with
described Philip Walsted
as a fun-loving,
real, sweet, helpful, and
innocent young man.
Family Reveals The Memorial
A memorial was created
by his life partner at the
city municipal Catalina Park in
to honor and remember Philip Walsted.
the man convicted of killing Philip Walsted,
was sentenced to life in prison
where he now lives out his life in a
very small prison cell with concrete walls,
sleeping on a small metal bunk,
on one relatively thin sleeping pad,
less than 3 feet away from an older man,
who is stronger, more powerfull & more persuasive,
more manipulative to get want he wants,
asking the younger man to bring back
small 'servings of slippery greasy butter'
from the prisioners chow hall
after every meal...
Many from Tucson and beyond continue
making their regular visits and pilgrimages
to Philip Walsted's Memorial
which is located and perpetually maintained
in a municipal park.
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