Two gay men were shot for being gay in Detroit.
Demetris Nelson, 26, is accused of attempting to rob and then shooting two gay men on 9 July.
Brian Anderson, 31, died from his wounds. Malcolm Drake, 26, was critically wounded.
Nelson used Grindr to target, contact and find the two men, according to Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Man arrested on charges of first-degree murder of two gay men
Detroit Police arrested Nelson today, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
He was arraigOned on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with the intent to rob while armed and four counts of felony possession of a firearm.
‘To some, this will be just another hateful and violent act in America,’ County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.
‘They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.’
Jaimie Powell Horowitz, a special prosecutor with Fair Michigan Justice Project, is handling the case.
The project assists Michigan law enforcement and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against LGBTI people.
‘We are saddened and also outraged by this despicable crime. This case is just the most recent example of how members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community are too often targets of violence,’ Alanna Maguire, president of the Fair Michigan Foundation, a nonprofit civil rights group, said.
Nelson is also expected in court on 26 July.
Anderson was a young aspiring pastor for the Steadfast Baptist Church.
Lead Pastor Maurice Jackson called Anderson a ‘devout Christian’.
‘He didn’t bother anybody,’ Jackson also said. ‘He didn’t get in any trouble. It’s hard to process why this would happen to him.’