Chanting “We're here! We're queer! Homophobia's got to go!” thousands took to the streets of Manhattan on Monday to protest the murder of Mark Carson.

Carson, 32, died just after midnight on Friday at the hands of a gunman who hurled homophobic remarks before he allegedly pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and killed Carson with one bullet to the head.

Carson is the fourth victim of anti-gay violence in the city over the last several weeks, but the first fatality.

Officials are holding Elliot Morales, 33, without bail in connection with Carson's death. Morales, who, according to The New York Times, served more than 10 years in prison for a robbery conviction, reportedly laughed as police arrested him.

“He's nice,” Ama Dakey, a friend of the victim, told CNN. “I don't know why people can kill somebody because he's gay.”

Dave Sheridan, who worked alongside Carson at Ciao Bella Gelato, agreed, saying the victim was “a lot of fun to work with.”

“Always had a smile. Always cheerful. Always in a great mood, even when he wasn't in a great mood he was always in a good mood. Just a really good person,” Sheridan said.