Justin Pierce (3/21/1975 – 7/10/2000), well known for his role as Casper in the Larry Clark movie Kids. Paper magazine published this article shortly after his death in 2000.
A Catholic service for Pierce took place on July 15 at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan’s Little Italy, which was attended by Kids co-star Chlo Sevigny. But it was the memorial his friends held at the Public Theater that revealed the most about the actor. On a hot, sticky July afternoon, dozens of Pierce’s tight family of skaters converged a few blocks uptown from the skateboard store Supreme, where Pierce was a fixture. As “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” played over the sound system, the crowd wept openly while friends rose to memorialize Pierce. “It’s like losing a limb,” Corporan explains. “We will never, ever get used to losing Justin.”