The mother of murdered gay teenager Jason Fox has called for help from Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga to help raise the profile of the case.
Jason’s mother Pepper Fox is desperately trying to get a hate crime charge added to the murder of her gay son, who was killed on September 14, 2020 and found weeks later buried in a shallow grave.
Four men – Riley Hillestad, Claude Merritt, Matthew Raddatz-Freeman and Kevin Belding – have been charged with his murder, but police say they are still trying to determine the motive.
Desperate to raise the profile of the case and get justice for her son, Pepper decided to post an article about his death on TikTok,
In a TikTok, she said, “Hi, this is my attempt to get my hands on Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga.
“My 19 year old son was brutally murdered in Newport, Washington, which is not a gay friendly neighborhood, a few months ago… I am over my head and I need help.”
Although neither Ellen DeGeneres nor Lady Gaga have answered him yet, LGBT + and TikToker activist Josh Helfgott, who has 3.3 million Tik Tok fans, has.
Since Helfgott shared his video, Pepper has gone viral on TikTok and the hashtag #justiceforjasonfox has been viewed nearly 13 million times.
Pepper said Inlander: “I couldn’t believe it. It really touched a lot of people at home.”
According to the post, Jason’s social media showed the 19-year-old had a history with the men accused of his murder, but Pepper says she has evidence he was killed because he was gay. .
On April 6, a judge issued a warrant for police to access Jason’s iCloud account.
The warrant read: “Pepper Fox continues to assert on social media that she has information proving the murder of Jason Fox was a hate crime and should be prosecuted as such.
“I think Jason’s iCloud accounts probably contain more information relevant to this investigation.”
After Pepper’s videos went viral on TikTok, Pend Oreille County Sheriff Glenn Blakeslee said, “I’m glad people are interested and paying attention. I hope people will reserve judgment until we go to court and the facts can be fully presented. “
This month, Pepper held a pride parade in their small rural town in honor of his son.
It took place on April 3, which would have been Jason’s 20th birthday.