Queens street dedicated to slain gay-rights activist

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-27 19:29:56-04

WOODSIDE, QUEENS (PIX11) – There’s a new Street in Queens.

It’s called Louis Rispoli Way.

Rispoli, a gay rights activist, was a well-known fixture in the Woodside neighborhood where he lived for 32 years.

He was murdered nine months ago and his killers are still on the loose.

“This is a bittersweet day,” his husband, Danyal Lawson told PIX11. “With his killers still oUT there.”

Last October 20, Louis Rispoli went out to buy some milk just after two in the morning when police say he was beaten to death by three men in their 20s who got away in a white sports car.

Police released a sketch of the suspects but they would never found.

And now the street where Lou lived, 51st St. and 43rd Avenue, was named in his memory,

“The truth is the initial police response was inadequate,” NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, D-Sunnyside said. “For the first 24 hours, police did not look for eyewitnesses.”

The City Councilman says the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating the 108 Precinct’s initial response.

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