Friends raising funeral funds for slain gay man

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A former employer of a young gay man from Atlanta who was killed has launched an online campaign to raise money to help pay for his funeral.

The body of Robert Glenn Hucks, 20, was found Thursday by hunters in a wooded area in Camden County, Ga. Hours, later, police in Jacksonville, Fla., arrested Jeremy Christian Pittman, 34, and charged him with murder in connection with the homicide.

On Friday, porn studio BoyCrush Studios launched a YouCaring campaign to raise $8,000 to help the family with Hucks' funeral. Hucks performed in a handful of videos for the studio in late 2011 and early 2012.

Andy Kay, BoyCrush's director, told Xbiz that he hopes the fund will help offset funeral costs.

"One of our models who was with us and a great friend of the studio for years was recently murdered in Jacksonville, Florida," Kay said. "It's an incredibly sad situation and very sad news to us at Boycrush Studios. As he has no family that we know of. ... We've started a 'We Care' in order to raise a little money for his funeral. The goal isn't ridiculously high but we want to give him the rest this sweatheart deserves. I appreciate any and all donations and postings of the donation link. Thank you so much for your support."

Early Monday, Help Fund Ryan Morrison/Glenn Hucks' Funeral had raised $374 of its $8,000 goal.

Glenn Hucks was a model and great friend of Boycrush Studios for several years. His family is asking us to organize a fundraiser to help pay for the funeral.

Pittman (second photo) remains jailed without bond in Jacksonville. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 20. Police said Pittman and Hucks met at Metro, a gay bar in Jacksonville, on Jan. 16. The pair went to Pittman's home but an argument started and Hucks asked Pittman to take him home, according to sheriff's investigators. After that, authorities said Pittman killed Hucks and dumped his body in the woods. Hunters discovered Hucks' remains more than two weeks later.

Hucks (top photo) has lived in metro Atlanta, attending South Paulding High School and growing up in Villa Rica. Misty Evans, a cousin from Villa Rica, told the Jacksonville Times Union that he moved to Amelia Island near the Georgia-Florida border in August. A few months later, he moved to Jacksonville.

“He loved people,” she said. “He had a wonderful smile, beautiful teeth.”

His personality was big, she said, “for such a little guy.”

“He just always wanted to live in Florida,” she said. “He was gay and he felt like he fit in there.”

She said he wanted to get married and adopt five children.

“Three girls and two boys,” she said.

[Xbiz | Jacksonville Times Union]

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