From left to right: Jake Stone and his partner Christopher Finley. (Danika Cervantes/Jacob Touchstone/GoFundMe)
A man has been charged with stabbing a gay man to death and injuring his partner after leaving an LGBT+ bar on a date night.
Christopher Finley and his partner Jake Stone were stabbed after intervening in an argument outside the LGBTQ+ bar Mineshaft in Long Beach, California, on September 9.
The incident happened around 11.45pm after the two victims tried to disarm a man with a taser outside the bar.
Long Beach Post News reported that a man allegedly rode up and attacked the couple.
Local police department spokesman Richard Mejia said the attacker fled before police arrived.
Authorities took the couple to a hospital where Finley, 28, later died.
Finley was an LA-based makeup artist, and since his death, his Instagram account has been flooded with messages of condolence.
A comment on his latest post, dated August 10, reads: “I am heartbroken. I am so grateful for the times we had. I will not forget your angel. Be calm.”
After the attack, Stone said Long Beach Post News: “Chris was my other half.”
“None of us knew life without each other. He was the love of my life, my soul mate.”
A 56-year-old Long Beach man has been charged in the fatal stabbing.
Michael Smalls is charged with murder and attempted murder.
After his failure to appear in court for his first arraignment, the judge has raised his bond from $2 million to $3 million.
After the attack, the owners of the bar, Jeff and Rhonda Daring, took to Facebook to share the news “with a heavy heart”.
Friends of the couple have launched a fundraiser to pay for the couple’s medical bills and lay Chris to rest.
A total of $50,000 is set as the goal, with an incredible 685 donations made so far, bringing the total raised to more than $43,600,
The attack comes after 24-year-old gay man Emmanuel Mouers was stabbed to death in South Africa after an argument over which bathroom he should use.
According to police figures, violence against LGBTQ+ people in Great Britain is increasing at a record pace.