Aaron Scheerhoorn: Newly Formed Group Hopes to Honor Him by Improving Montrose

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

It was one of the year's more horrific widely publicized murders. In mid-December, in a case that echoed that of Kitty Genovese, 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death in front of Club Blur in front of numerous onlookers.

Scheerhoorn had slipped from the grasp of the alleged killer, 33-year-old Lydell Grant, minutes before and was on the run, visibly bleeding from a knife wound to the shoulder. He begged for sanctuary at Club Blur and was reportedly told by a bouncer to "take his shit somewhere else."

Scheerhoorn attempted to find refuge, but that delay was all it took for Grant to catch up with him and finish what he had started. Grant allegedly stabbed him again and again in Blur's parking lot.

According to Scheerhoorn's friend Sara Magnero, dozens of Scheerhoorn's friends came together to honor him after his death to see to it that his seemingly senseless and undeniably terrible death was not in vain. They have formed the Aaron Scheerhoorn Foundation For Change, and the second organizational meeting will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the GLBT Community Center (1900 Kane St., use the Silver Street entrance.)

Magnero says one of the goals is for Montrose bars, clubs, restaurants and other businesses to enter into a safe haven agreement, whereby they will promise not to turn away people in Scheerhoorn's desperate plight. Signatories to the agreement will be given stickers to place in their windows showing that they are safe havens for crime victims. The group is also exploring the relaunch of the (locally) defunct Q-Patrol, a gay-friendly analogue to the Guardian Angels.

"The sad thing is people heard about this stabbing, but they didn't hear all the details," Magnero says. "When they do hear how it happened, they are utterly outraged. This is not acceptable."

Ray Hill is serving as the foundation's temporary chair. All are welcome to attend. Magnero hopes that working together, people can bring Montrose back to what it once was -- both hedonistic and infused with community spirit.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.