Jennifer & Marc: A Real-Life Love Story
Posted by Jody Ann Malsbury
An open letter to the bashers/detractors of murdered transgender Jennifer Laude, from her fiancé Marc Süselbeck
Following is a compilation of messages from Marc Süselbeck received by one Jennifer’s friends. Apparently Marc does not have a Facebook account but wanted to respond to some of the vile comments that he’s heard since Jennifer’s death. An update about Marc’s status and some final comments follow.
Posted on Facebook on October 8, 2014
As if things couldn’t get any worse, Marc will not be able to return to the Philippines to visit Jennifer’s grave or to see her family:
Posted at 10/31/2014 2:56 PM | Updated as of 10/31/2014 3:40 PM
MANILA – The German fiance of slain transgender Jennifer Laude will leave the country tomorrow after his request for voluntary deportation was granted by the Bureau of Immigration.
Marc Sueselbeck will leave the country for Frankfurt, Germany.
His lawyer, Harry Roque, said Sueselbeck will hold a press conference prior to his departure.
Because of his voluntary deportation, Sueselback will be blacklisted and will no longer be allowed to return to the Philippines.
Sueselbeck was prevented from leaving the country last Sunday to face deportation proceedings for being an undesirable alien.
Last week, Sueselbeck and Laude’s sister Marilou climbed a perimeter fence inside Camp Aguinaldo in their search for US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, the suspect in Laude’s killing.
Sueselbeck later apologized for his actions and said he is not a threat to the Philippines.
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Besides the horrible violence of this case, which tends, unfortunately, to be the case for many murders committed against transgender persons worldwide, there are 2 things that have struck me about Jennifer and Marc:
- I cannot help but be in awe of Jennifer’s beauty. There is something about her pictures that makes it very difficult for me to tear my eyes away. It’s more than about what Jennifer looked like – it’s something about her. After reading the above comments from Marc and seeing the picture of Jennifer and Marc together, I think I know what it is…
- Marc loved Jennifer. Just how much he loved her is reflected in his writing, the way he looked at her and the radiance in her face in the photographs of her. Not everyone gets the opportunity to experience that kind of love, and it often doesn’t come around more than once in a lifetime. It seems pretty clear that Marc felt lucky to have met and loved Jennifer; I wonder whether anyone has ever or will ever tell Marc how lucky Jennifer was to have had his love – not because she was trans — but because he seems to be a genuinely loving and caring man and any (non-lesbian) woman would be lucky to have him.
- Statement on the Bureau of Immigration’s go-signal for Marc Sueselbeck’s voluntary deportation (harryroque.com)
- Marc Sueselbeck’s Motion for Voluntary Deportation (harryroque.com)
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