48 Hours Story: Was Blaze Slain in the Name of Hate?
This 48 Hours story explores how the murder of Blaze raises troubling questions concerning anti-Semitism and homophobia – issues at the heart of the nation's current struggle to define itself.
By Forty Eight Hours
Originally published at CBS News 11/10/18.
Produced by Jaime Stolz and Gayane Keshishyan Mendez
(CBS NEWS) - "Not again." Yes again. "Not again."
This week in Thousand Oaks, California, a madman's bullets left at least a dozen dead. In America this has become a devastating ritual.
Two weeks ago it was Pittsburgh. Before that Parkland, Charleston and Las Vegas. Some victims, linked by faith or the color of their skin. Others, simply in the wrong place at the worst possible time.
"48 Hours" correspondent Tracy Smith has the story about one young man targeted by hate.
Meet Blaze Bernstein. He was 19 years old.
Word spread across Orange County. Blaze Bernstein, brilliant, kind-hearted, Jewish and gay, had come home from college for the holidays and vanished.
Jeanne Pepper Bernstein: He wanted to spend time with us. He's not gonna just disappear like that.
Tracy Smith: But your thought was?
Gideon Bernstein: Well it was just so highly unusual.
Jeanne Pepper Bernstein: Where had he been? Who had he gone with? We didn't know. Where is he?