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I wrote my first book, “Murder, Romance and Two Shootings," based on my experience being shot twice, the death of a best friend in an unsolved gay bashing and finding the love of my life. It is also a story of contrasts, particularly coming out as a gay man in rural Missouri and then falling in love with a New York Jew.
The first shooting occurred in the summer of 1997. Just out of college, I was shot during a robbery attempt outside Wilmington, DE. In 2008, I survived a mass shooting, when a disgruntled citizen in Kirkwood, MO came into a city council meeting. That night he killed six people, injuring me and the mayor who later died. Also, between these events, my best friend from was murdered in Kansas City, MO. in a still unsolved gay bashing.
My book tells the personal account of these shootings, murders and my path to recovery. It details these grisly events, the downward spiral that it caused in my life and finding true love. It is also an inspirational guide for those who have survived and triumphed. With gun violence now a major part of the national conversation, I provide my own viewpoint on how it has changed my life.