Gay man taken off life support after attack in San Francisco

A gay man was taken off life support after being attacked in San Francisco. (x)

A gay man was taken off life support after being attacked in San Francisco. (x)

31-year old Brian Higgins (or Feather Lynn, as he was known) was taken off life support after a brutal attack left him on life support with a fatal brain aneurysm. The attack occurred in the Castro District of San Francisco.

Early Sunday morning, Feather’s body was discovered without any belongings to identify him. The SFPD and hospital sent out requests to the community for help in identifying him. A family member soon came forward and positively identified Feather.

Due to the fact that Feather was left with a fatal brain aneurysm that landed him on life support, police declared his death an attempted homicide on Tuesday. According to The Castro Biscuit, “The SFPD has little details on a suspect and is asking for the community’s help in tracking down a white male in his late 20′s and early 30′s who was wearing a dark colored hoodie who was captured on Muni and surrounding businesses’ security footage around the time of the assault. If you were in the vicinity of Duboce and Church in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 10th, or have details related to the crime, please contact the SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text TIP411 with “SFPD” at the start of the message.”

Supervisor Scott Wiener released a statement on his Facebook page regarding the attack. “This tragic attack on a member of our community – which will become a homicide when Bryan is taken off life support later today – is another example of the very real public safety challenges we are facing in the Castro/Upper Market area,” he said. “Regarding this specific attack, I’ve been in regular communication with the police, and they’re conducting an extensive investigation and have good leads. They’re taking the investigation very seriously.”

Brian Haggerty, Feather’s husband, spoke with The San Francisco Bay Guardian on Tuesday about the situation. “Right now, we are just concerned with his spirit, and making sure everyone has a chance to say goodbye,” he said. “Too many factors came together in this situation. But the truth is he has left us.”

A vigil was held at Duboce Park at 3:33 p.m. on Wednesday, the very moment Feather was taken off life support.

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