Memorial celebrates life of man beaten to death

Posted at 6:03 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 20:08:08-04

Two weeks after a 49-year-old man was beaten to death near Lake Lowell, friends and family gathered Saturday at Boise State University to honor his life.

Steven Nelson was the victim of what the FBI is now investigating as a possible hate crime.

The openly gay man was allegedly lured to a secluded area near Lake Lowell on April 29, ambushed, robbed and beaten.

The attack was so severe, Nelson later died from his injuries.

At the memorial, he was remembered for his optimism and compassion for others.

Throughout his career, Nelson worked at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho Representative Melissa Wintrow was in attendance. She hopes this tragedy will inspire other legislators to "add the words" to the Idaho Human Rights Act, which she says would recognize the LGBT community and validate humanity for all.

Four men now face first-degree murder charges.