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Gay activist says Keswick hate crime reminds him of murdered Happy Valley couple in 1999

By Mark MESTER
Published On: Jul 18 2013 02:24:31 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 18 2013 02:42:41 AM CDT

The activist did not want us to use his name, but is referring to the murders of Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder.

REDDING, Calif. -

A gay activist says a hate crime being investigated in Keswick reminds him of a murder in 1999 that claimed the lives of a gay Happy Valley couple.

The activist did not want us to use his name, but is referring to the murders of Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder.

The two were gunned down by white supremacist brothers, Matthew and Tyler Williams of Palo Cedro, in July of 1999. The story gained national attention.

The activist said the brothers took a rolodex from the gay couple's home which had his name inside.

It put him on edge back in 1999, and he feels the same way now after a gay Keswick couple had the gas line to their propane tank ruptured Tuesday night, along with their car vandalized with an offensive epithet scratched onto their hood.

"The 14-year-period has caused us to relax I guess. Unfortunately we're gonna have to be on our guard for sometime," said the activist.

A rally is planned Thursday evening at the north end of the Downtown Promenade in Redding.

Ralliers will protest Tuesday's hate crime in Keswick. It starts at 5:15 p.m. and goes until 6:15 p.m..