On September 17, 1998, John Lawrence, a gay 55-year old medical technologist, was hosting two gay acquaintances, Tyron Garner, age 31, and Robert Eubanks, 40, at his apartment on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. Lawrence and Eubanks had been friends for more than 20 years. Garner and Eubanks had a tempestuous on-again off-again romantic relationship since 1990. Lacking transportation home, the couple were preparing to spend the night. Eubanks, who had been drinking heavily, left to purchase a soda from a nearby vending machine. Apparently outraged that Lawrence had been flirting with Garner, he called police and reported “a black male going crazy with a gun” at Lawrence’s apartment
Let’s not forget the racist jealous queen who brought the police there in the first place. Tyron Garner is a Black man, Lawrence is white. Garner died in 2006 of complications related to meningitis. Lawrence died in 2011 of heart problems.