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Second man found dead in gay Democratic donor’s West Hollywood home

Second man found dead in gay Democratic donor’s West Hollywood home

Ed Buck, an LGBTI activist and Democratic donor

Los Angeles police are investigating after a second man was found dead inside the home of Ed Buck.

Buck, an LGBTI activist and Democratic donor, lives in West Hollywood, California.

Both victims found in Buck’s home were African American men. Police found the first, a gay male escort, dead in July 2017 due to a drug overdose. They filed no charges against Buck due to insufficient evidence.

Both the identity and cause of death of this second man, found this week, have not been released.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, maintains his client did nothing wrong.

‘From what I know, it was an old friend who died of an accidental overdose, and unfortunately, we believe that the substance was ingested at some place other than the apartment,’ he said of this week’s death. ‘The person came over intoxicated.’

The first victim

Authorities found Gemmel Moore in Buck’s home in July 2017. He was naked on a mattress with a ‘male pornography movie playing on the television’, according to the coroner’s report.

Police also found sex toys, syringes, and ‘clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine’ in the residence.

The report further detailed that Moore arrived at a male friend’s house at 6:45 pm. The male friend’s name was redacted. As the report progressed, it stated the male friend witnessed Moore becoming warm and unresponsive. The male friend alerted a neighbor with ‘medical knowledge’ and called 911.

Authorities ultimately ruled the death an accident.

Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, and other activists, however, suspected the ruling. They wondered whether Buck’s wealth and political ties influenced the conclusion.

The LA Times reviewed a journal found in Moore’s possession.

‘Ed Buck is the one to thank,’ he allegedly wrote. ‘He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.’

The story of Ed Buck

Buck, who came out as a teenager, has long advocated for LGBTI causes.

Federal election records also show Buck has donated more than $53,000 to Democratic candidates and campaigns since 2008.

He first gained prominence in the 1980s when he led an effort to impeach Arizona Governor Evan Mecham.

Following Moore’s death, Buck resigned from the steering committee of the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Los Angeles LGBTI political group.

Police said they would look into Moore’s death again during the investigation of this second death.

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