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Neighbors wonder if recent Shreveport homicides motivated by hate

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

There's a common thread in three of Shreveport's latest homicides.

The victims were all openly gay men, and some wonder if that may have been part of a motive.

Residents in the Mooretown neighborhood describe Jock Maurice Mckinney as nice guy.

"He was a good person...he really was a good person," says neighbor Raymond Grant.

50-year-old Mckinney was shot to death in the early morning hours of July 12th, near where a makeshift memorial now stands on Kennedy Drive.

He was also an openly gay man, who his friends say often dressed in women's clothing.

Those who knew him wonder if that could lead police to a motive.

"We have family, he had family. It's just sad. I'd hate to lose my best friend, you know," comments Antonio Barnum, who says McKinney lived in the apartment building next to door to Barnum's.

46-year-old Terry Golston was shot and killed on September 6th, near the intersection of Abbie and Pierre Streets in the Allendale neighborhood.

Golston, too, was openly gay and known to cross-dress, though police aren't saying if they believe that to be a factor in the murder.

"Our first and foremost responsibility is to those victims and those homicide detectives have a big responsibility. They take it very seriously," says Bill Goodin, with the Shreveport Police Department.

And on September 11th, Frederick Henderson - Fred Ellis to his friends - was gunned down on Hollywood Avenue after an argument turned violent.

While a teen is charged with Henderson's murder, Jock McKinney's neighbors say they walk past his memorial every day, hoping for news that his killer is behind bars.

"It's a loss but...you just have to leave it up to God and pray everyday."

17-year-old Breonne Whitaker was arrested and charged with second degree murder in the death of Frederick Henderson.

Police say the two men knew each other before the murder, though details surrounding that argument have not been released.

Detectives are still actively investigating and working to develop a suspect in the other two murders.

Anyone with information on either of these cases is asked to call Crimestoppers at (318) 673-7373.

So far, there have been 23 homicides in Shreveport in 2013. Authorities have made arrests in 15 of those cases.

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