Detroit Man Charged with Murder in Apparent Anti-gay Hate Crime

Detroit Man Charged with Murder in Apparent Anti-gay Hate Crime July 15, 2019

A Detroit man has been charged with murdering one gay man and shooting and nearly killing a second one that he had set up on Grindr by arranging meet-ups with them. He faces one murder charge, one assault charge and several felony firearms charges. The county prosecutor made a very strong statement denouncing such hate crimes in a press release about the arrest.

Credit to Alisdare Hickson: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alisdare/27563140462

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), has charged Demetris* Nelson, 26 (DOB: 03/25/1993), of Detroit, in connection with the murder and assault of two gay Detroit men. Prosecutors charged Nelson with one count each of First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with the Intent to Rob While Armed, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and four counts Felony Firearm…

It is alleged that on July 6, 2019, Nelson shot and killed Brian Anderson, 31, and shot and critically wounded Malcolm Drake, 26, both of Detroit, during the course of an attempted robbery. Anderson and Drake were both gay men. Prosecutors alleged Nelson targeted Anderson and Drake because they were gay, and used the social networking app Grindr to locate the victims…

Prosecutor Worthy said, “The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man. To some this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.”…

Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said, “We are saddened and 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. The Fair Michigan Justice Project is proud to partner with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Detroit Police Department to aggressively prosecute these ruthless crimes.”

I have a friend who is gay who was set up in an identical fashion, arranging to meet two other men who then brutally assaulted him and put him in the hospital. Let’s hope they can prove their case against him.

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