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Lo aids victim fund

Lo aids victim fund

Gregory Gibson talks with his wife, Ann Marie, right, and their daughter Celia, left, after the Wayne Lo murder trial in 1994. Gibson said that Lo has donated $300 in profits from the shooting to a fund for Gibson's son, Galen, who was killed by Lo. Eagle archive photo

Thursday, May 10

PITTSFIELD — The father of Galen C. Gibson said that he has been accepting donations from his son's convicted killer, Wayne Lo, whose Web site has been selling T-shirts, books and signed artwork related to the murder. On his site, Lo claimed that he was sending the proceeds to Gregory Gibson, a claim that Gibson confirmed yesterday in an e-mail from Ireland. Gibson said that Lo has donated around $300 to the Galen C. Gibson Scholarship Fund.

"I choose to believe Wayne Lo's contributions to the Galen fund represent a recognition of what he has done wrong, and an attempt to do what he can to repay his victims," Gibson wrote.

Galen Gibson, 18, of Gloucester, and language professor Dr. Nacunan Saez, 37, of Argentina, were gunned down by Lo at the Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington on Dec. 14, 1992. In the attack, Lo also injured four other people with a semi-automatic rifle.

Lo, now 32, is serving life for a first-degree murder conviction on Feb. 3, 1994.

Gregory Gibson was responding to the recent bout of media coverage about Lo's Web site, which has apparently received more attention since the Virginia Tech massacre. Lo contributes to the site — which lists 1,733 visitors — from prison.

"In my opinion, it is a marginal enterprise fueled equally by egotism and by a desire to raise money that might in some small way compensate his victims," Gibson wrote. "We could argue for a long time about the propriety of such an endeavor. However, we might be better served wondering how people with psychological issues have such easy access to guns. That is a great shame on our nation."

Gibson also reacted to the news that Berkshire County District Attorney David F. Capeless will be pursuing legislation banning the sale of "murderabilia," or items from crimes and murders, on sites such as Lo's. Murderabilia sales are banned in Texas, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Utah and Montana.

Capeless, who prosecuted Lo with the late District Attorney Gerard D. Downing, called Lo's Web site sales "sick and deplorable."

"David Capeless is a tremendous district attorney, and a very caring individual," Gibson said. "I'm confident his proposal was based on his compassion for the victims of such crimes."

Gibson, who wrote "Gone Boy," a book about his grief after his son's murder, said that he and his family devote many hours trying to make Galen's scholarship fund grow. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to Gloucester High School seniors intending to pursue theater as a college major, which had been Galen's "predominant interest," Gibson said.

It also serves as a major contributor to another scholarship in his son's name at Simon's Rock College, Gibson said. For more information about donating to the scholarship fund, visit www.goneboy.com.


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