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.