David Kato was buried today in Uganda. The 42-year-old was among Uganda's most outspoken activists for LGBT rights. Mr. Kato was bludgeoned to death with a hammer in his home on Wednesday.
Human Rights Watch researcher Maria Burnett was at the funeral today. In a recording she made after the event, she described coming up family and friends gathered to mourn. They cooked food and sang songs, and eventually closed Mr. Kato's casket. The scene was peaceful, she says, until the preacher got up and began condemning homosexuality, saying that not even animals behaved as gay people do. Burnett says David's friends gathered around the preacher and insisted that he stop, and in the end police separate the two groups and took the preacher into a nearby house.
It was clear, it appeared, that the preacher was not willing to bring David's body down to the burial site, which was a couple hundred meters away for a service there. But it didn't affect the situation in the end. The community members and many of David's friends carried his casket down the burial site, where David was laid to rest.
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