Unbelievable....what's WITH kids these days??? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/23/us/23oxnard.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin By REBECCA CATHCART Published: February 23, 2008 OXNARD, Calif. Hundreds of mourners gathered at a church here on Friday to remember an eighth-grade boy who was shot to death inside a junior high school computer lab by a fellow student in what prosecutors are calling a hate crime. In recent weeks, the victim, Lawrence King, 15, had said publicly that he was gay, classmates said, enduring harassment from a group of schoolmates, including the 14-year-old boy charged in his death. God knit Larry together and made him wonderfully complex, the Rev. Dan Birchfield of Westminster Presbyterian Church told the crowd as he stood in front of a large photograph of the victim. Larry was a masterpiece. The shooting stunned residents of Oxnard, a laid-back middle-class beach community just north of Malibu. It also drew a strong reaction from gay and civil rights groups. Weve never had school violence like this here before, never had a school shooting, said David Keith, a spokesman for the Oxnard Police Department. Les Winget, 44, whose daughter Nikki, 13, attends the school, called the crime absolutely unbelievable. Jay Smith, executive director of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance, where Lawrence took part in Friday night group activities for gay teenagers, said, Were all shocked that this would happen here. The gunman, identified by the police as Brandon McInerney, is just as much a victim as Lawrence, said Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center. Hes a victim of homophobia and hate.