Heartland Pride President, Beth Rigatuso releases the following statement in response to an article released by the Lincoln Journal Star:
The people of Lincoln, including gay and transgender people, can only have trust in law enforcement if they investigate every possibility. At this time, the only information released from law enforcement is they’re continuing an investigation and have brought in the FBI to assist. They have my full faith and trust as they move forward.
We cannot understate the significance of the response from people in Omaha and Lincoln the past few days. People are concerned, confused and many are still afraid. It is clear that people in Lincoln want their city to be known as one that stands up against violence and hatred. It is clear that people in Omaha and Lincoln want to provide support to those in Lincoln who need it.
At this time, Heartland Pride has not accepted any donations to the Survivor Recovery Fund. It is our understanding the survivor’s lawyer is handling these affairs. Any fund raised at events hosted by Heartland Pride will go directly to the fund when established and all necessary supporting documents will be provided.
It is my hope the residents of Omaha and Lincoln will respect this is a time when we need facts - not rumors - and this investigation takes time. I have trust that law enforcement will look into these allegations and when appropriate release their findings. Please continue to respect the survivor's right to privacy and to share her story when she is ready with those she chooses. We will continue to stand-up against violent crime and provide support to survivors. I also have trust in the people of Lincoln to continue to work for a city all citizens of Nebraska can be proud to call our Capitol.