Stand for Steven benefit honors hate crime victim

Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 00:39:21-04

Friends, family, and members of the LGBT community gathered Thursday to remember the victim of a Canyon County hate crime, and honor him, by raising money in his name. 

Steven Nelson died last year, after he was lured to Lake Lowell by an ad on a website soliciting gay sex.

When he arrived, he was beaten, stripped naked and left for dead.

Nelson worked at Boise State University in the fundraising department. In his honor, the "Steven Nelson Emergency Fund" has been set up. Money raised will help aid LGBTQ students in need of support.

Thursday night's "Stand for Steven" benefit was held at the Knitting Factory in Boise.

"If this can start some conversations, if we can get people talking about what happened, taking it seriously, understanding that this is a serious and ongoing situation in the community then maybe some benefit can come out of the tragedy," says Jennie Rylee, with the Boise Pride Committee who hosted the event.

One of the men accused of beating a Nampa man to death near Lake Lowell will spend at least 28 years in prison after being sentenced in federal court for a hate crime charge.

Kelly Schneider, 23, is one of four originally charged in the death of Steven Nelson last April.