Memorial gathering held to honor Bryan 'Feather' Higgins

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - San Francisco Police have released video footage of a person of interest in connection to the murder of a Comstock native.

Police are working to identify the man shown in the video, which was taken from the dashcam of a taxi near the location where the 31-year-old Higgins' was beaten.

He was removed from life support on August 13, and died minutes later.

Higgins was a fixture in San Francisco's gay community, and police are trying to determine whether this is a hate crime.

Family and friends held a memorial to honor Higgins here in West Michigan.

Hours after police released the photo, friends and family gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse in Kalamazoo to share cherished memories.

How he died was never mentioned--only the way he lived.

"Bryan was the kind of person who would impact someone and make an impression with just meeting them once," said Jay Maddock, with the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center.

Before he became a fixture in the San Francisco LGBT community, friends and family say Bryan "Feather" Higgins was a rock for those who needed one in Kalamazoo.

"He was involved with a group called Project, that worked with LGBT young men," Maddock said. "He spread a lot of generosity and love and positivity, and I think the community wants to come together and feel that sort of energy as one community."

The community is also hoping that the way Higgins lived his life is not the reason someone else ended it.

"What we do know is that it was a violent crime that no one should have to face, and we do know that LGBT folks are at an increased risk to be the victims of crimes," Maddock said.

But no one knew Higgins as a victim. And it is not how he will be remembered.

We will continue to follow the murder investigation in San Francisco, and keep updated as new information comes in.

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