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Pals pen tribute song for murdered gay man

PUBLISHED: 17:25 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

FRIENDS of a gay man murdered on his doorstep have written a song in his memory. Music teacher Connie Garrard (pictured), 42, wrote the song for her friend of 19 years, Gerry Edwards, 59, who was stabbed to death at his home, in Page Heath Villas, Bickl

FRIENDS of a gay man murdered on his doorstep have written a song in his memory. Click here to listen to it

Music teacher Connie Garrard (pictured), 42, wrote the song for her friend of 19 years, Gerry Edwards, 59, who was stabbed to death at his home, in Page Heath Villas, Bickley on March 3. Mr Edwards' partner, Chris Bevan, 56, was also attacked and is still critically ill in hospital.

Police believe the assaults could have a homophobic motive.

The song, called Gerry, can be heard on the Bromley Times website and Mrs Garrard hopes that people who like it will make a donation to a charity of their choice as a fitting legacy to Mr Edwards who she says enjoyed helping people.

Mrs Garrard, of Canon Road, Bickley, said: "I just felt so sad at what had happened. I can't believe I am speaking about him in the past tense.

"There are so many of these knife crimes going on and I wanted Gerry to know that he wasn't just another statistic and that he didn't die in vain.

"I felt helpless about what I could do but I express myself better in song. It took about an hour to get the words and then I worked for a day or two on the music.

"I wanted to describe the type of man he was, he was just minding his own business when this terrible thing happened to him. He became another headline. I'm still in shock."

David Kilcullen, 46, of The Avenue, Bromley, was charged with Mr Edwards' murder and will appear at the Old Bailey on June 15.

Gerry By Connie Garrard

We'd see you sitting by the window.

Headphones on, relaxing with a cat.

You lived in peace, with a beautiful soul

In your nice suburban flat

You leant a shoulder to cry on.

Words of comfort, to those in distress

You were a man people could rely on

Honest, open and the best.

Gee you were a diamond of a man

Embracing life, and travelling in your van

Gee you'd wish upon the diamond stars at night

Each day you'd see a goal in sight

Ready to stand up for your beliefs

Ready to speak to friends you'd greet

You gave your heart to a loved one

You'd put your rucksack on your back

You'd like to walk for miles and miles

Resting a while with a paperback

The golden sun would make you smile

You'd meet a friend for a coffee or two

And you would chat about your day

Discussing headlines, heard in the news

Hanging your head in dismay

How ironic you became a headline

We couldn't believe what it said

Deep shock, mystifying, crime of our time

We'll get this picture out of our heads.

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