Photos by Philip's life-partner, Jonathan
Philip Walsted Memorial Page
June, 2002, Philip Walsted, a 24-year old gay Tucson, Arizona man, was killed in a brutal and violent murder. He was beaten to death with a baseball bat. One news report says there were injuries to over 50 places on Walsted's body, including signs of numerous blows to his head. Another news report states he was hit in the head with a baseball bat as many as 20 times. A 365Gay.com news article says the crime started as a robbery, but the killer's neo-Nazi beliefs and hatred of gay people were the cause of the murder.
News reports cite friends and loved ones as describing Philip Walsted as fun-loving, sweet and innocent. A small memorial was created in an Arizona park to honor and remember Philip.
David Higdon, the man convicted of killing Philip Walsted, was sentenced to life in prison.
More information about Phillip Walsted can be found at the following web sites:
Tucson Weekly - Hate Crime: While Tucson has a progressive reputation, the 2002 death of Philip Walsted serves as a reminder that anti-gay hatred remains. This article has information about Tuscon, about hate crimes, and a number of photographs of Philip Walsted.
Tucson Weekly - Healing Place: The life of hate-crime victim Philip Walsted is remembered at a Fourth Avenue memorial
KOLD News - Memorial Held to Remember Philip Walsted
Tucson Observer - Higdon Convicted of Brutal Walsted Murder
Arizona Daily Star - Gay man's killer sentenced to life. The Daily Star article provides information about Higdon's sentence and Philip Walsted's murder.
Wingspan - The Southern Arizona's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center web site has newsletters. One of the quarterly newsletters from 2005 has a short article about the sentencing of Higdon, the man who murdered Philip Walsted.
Widipedia - Philip Walsted article - unpublished
Additional photos of Philip Walsted can be found by on the second memorial page.
subscribe to the Stophate
Newsletter. Our Newsletter will help you keep up to date with
information about hate crimes. Email us your name and type "Subscribe"
in the Subject Line.
Click Here to
Email Us or to Subscribe to the Newsletter.