David Buckel, 60, was found in the park at 6:30 on Saturday morning. He is photographed in a court case in 2006
A prominent gay rights activist set himself on fire in a protest suicide at Brooklyn's Prospect Park in the early hours of Saturday morning.
David Buckel, 60, was found in the park at 6:30 am on Saturday before hundreds descended to enjoy the warm spring weather.
He left a note in a bag for the police saying: "My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide."
& # 39; I apologize for the disaster. & # 39;
The note was left in an envelope labeled "for the police."
He was protesting about climate change, his note said, and the dramatic method was conceived as a metaphor for how fossil fuels They are destroying the planet.
Buckel lived near the park and was an avid community leader.
He worked in composting groups for local projects and was also a lawyer who campaigned for the rights of homosexuals.  The note, according to The New York Daily News, said: "My early death from fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.
Buckel's body found by a runner in a green park area on Saturday at 6.30 a.m.
A life of service can be better preserved by giving a life … An honorable purpose in life invites an honorable purchase in death.
& # 39; This is not new, since many have chosen to give a life based on the opinion that no other action can address more significantly the damage they see.
& # 39; Here is a hope that giving a life can draw attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others to give voice to our home, and listen to the Earth. & # 39;
When the firefighters arrived there, their entire bodies had been burned, officials with the FDNY said.
Buckel's work included cases for Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest LGBTQ legal organization in the country.
Buckel appears in the photo (left) representing James Dale in 1999. Dale states that he was expelled from the Boy Scouts for being homosexual
The authorities closed the small section of the southwest corner of the park where he committed suicide
Buckel was the lead attorney in the case of a transgender man whose murder inspired the Hillary Swank Boys movie Do not Cry.
Represented Brandon Teena's mother in a lawsuit against the New England sheriff who notified Teena's rapists that he had filed charges and did nothing to protect him from being killed.
Buckel directed the NYC Composting Project of Red Hook Community Farm.
A runner who tripped over the wreckage and shared photos of them on Twitter before being covered by police said they were "freaked out" by the discovery.
& # 39; We were a little scared. It took us a little time to process it, "he said.