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Charles O Howard January ,July ,was an American murder victim in Bangor, Maine inAs Howard and a male companion, Roy Ogden, were walking down the street, three teenagers, Shawn I Mabry, age , James Francis Baines, age , and Daniel Ness, age , harassed and assaulted Howard for being gay The youths chased the pair, yelling homophobic epithets, until they caught Howard and threw him over the State Street Bridge into the Kenduskeag Stream, despite his pleas that he could not swim He drowned, but his friend escaped and pulled a fire alarm Charlie Howard s body was found by rescue workers several hours later