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CrimeWhat we know: Police probe deaths at home of Democratic donor Ed Buck

02:20  09 january  2019
02:20  09 january  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Second man found dead in California home of Democratic donor

Second man found dead in California home of Democratic donor Sheriff's investigators say they're also reviewing the earlier death in July 2017, when a young man's meth overdose was ruled an accident.

The second death at Buck ’s home , this week, is now under investigation, with the Los Angeles Democratic donor Ed Buck , left, Hernan Molina and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran What do we know about the first death ? Gemmel Moore’s body was found in Buck ’s apartment in July 2017.

“ Ed Buck ’s neighbors are asking the same questions.” Few details are known about the death of the second man. But the Sheriff’s Department said Monday that Buck was “I am deeply disturbed by the latest revelations of a second death by overdose at the home of Ed Buck ,” he said in a statement.

What we know: Police probe deaths at home of Democratic donor Ed Buck© Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS Friends, family and supporters gather for a candelight vigil outside the West Hollywood Sheriff's station on Aug. 18, 2017 in West Hollywood, Calif. Gemmel Moore was found dead of a drug overdose in the home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck. Another man's body was found Monday at Buck's home.

LOS ANGELES - The Laurel Avenue home of a prominent West Hollywood LGBTQ political activist has been the scene of two mysterious deaths in the last two years.

In both cases, African American men were found dead inside the home of Ed Buck. The first death in 2017 involved drugs, and authorities said there was insufficient evidence to file charges.

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Edward Bernard Peter Buck (born Buckmelter, August 24 or 25, 1954), known as Ed Buck , is an American businessman, political activist and political fundraiser. "Los Angeles investigators probing death of male escort at home of prominent Democratic donor ". The New York Daily News.

Lawyer for Ed Buck says ‘old friend’ died of accidental overdose and police will also review death of Gemmel Moore at same West Hollywood home in 2017. The death occurred at the home of the Democratic party donor Ed Buck , who has contributed to various California races and causes.

The second death at Buck's home, this week, is now under investigation, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department saying it will take another look at the first case.

The deaths have sparked protests from activists who complain authorities are not doing enough.

Buck's attorney has denied his client did anything wrong. Seymour Amster said Buck, who is white, is cooperating with investigators.

"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," Amster said of the latest death. "The person came over intoxicated."

The cases have generated debate in West Hollywood's gay community about power, race and drugs.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (FOX 11) - Citing new concerns and an abundance of caution, homicide detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office will conduct a probe into the death of a 26-year-old man at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck last month.

Top Democratic donor Ed Buck steps down from gay political group after overdose death at his condo. Chris Bergner said, but the new probe was being launched "out of abundance of caution." Buck became a nationally known figure in the late 1980s when he led the effort to impeach Arizona

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST DEATH?

Gemmel Moore's body was found in Buck's apartment in July 2017.

Paramedics found Moore, 26, naked on a mattress in the living room with a "male pornography movie playing on the television," a coroner's report said.

The report said Moore was visiting "his friend's residence" at about 6:45 p.m. and "was witnessed by his friend" becoming warm and unresponsive after using methamphetamine that had been injected at about 5 p.m. The male friend's name was redacted.

The friend alerted a neighbor who "has medical knowledge" and attempted CPR until a paramedic arrived. The report said Buck called 911.

Police found sex toys, syringes and "clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine in a tool box roll-cabinet in the living room," according to the report.

Moore's death was ruled an accident, and an initial review by sheriff's deputies found nothing suspicious. But the following month, Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives launched a new investigation into Moore's death after his mother, LaTisha Nixon of Texas, and friends questioned whether the drugs that killed him were self-administered.

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Democratic donor Ed Buck told a FOX 11 crew to “get a life” and that he doesn’t want to talk when confronted at his West Hollywood apartment Wednesday evening as he remains under investigation for the deaths of two gay black men inside of his residence.

The longtime Democratic donor 's West Hollywood home has been the site of two men's deaths since 2017. Buck is not responsible for the deaths , he said. Buck , 64, has long been a contentious figure in West Hollywood, where he was best known for his animal rights and LGBTQ activism and his

A notebook found in Moore's possession indicated he used drugs with someone whose name was redacted in the coroner's report. The Times reviewed pages of that journal, in which Moore purportedly wrote about using crystal methamphetamine.

"Ed Buck is the one to thank," Moore purportedly wrote. "He gave me my first injection of chrystal (sic) meth."

HOW DID THAT CASE TURN OUT?

Prosecutors ultimately declined to file charges in the Moore case, citing insufficient evidence.

In a document dated from 2018, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said the "admissible evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt" that Buck gave Moore drugs.

The document also cited inadmissible search and seizure, but it did not provide details.

WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND DEATH?

Details are being gathered regarding this case.

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station responded to the Laurel Avenue apartment complex at 1:05 a.m. Monday in response to a report of a person not breathing, the department said in a statement. At some point, the 911 caller performed CPR, the department said.

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Democratic fundraiser Ed Buck is an LGBTQ activist in West Hollywood. Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two black men in separate incidents at MARTIN: What can you tell us about how these men died? GOTTLIEB: Well, we know a lot more about the first death .

A man has been found dead at the home of a prominent Democratic fundraiser in the second such His body was found at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck . The Los Angeles County Sheriff's The Sheriff's Department said it was probing the death and planned a “secondary review” of the previous

Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Authorities said they would thoroughly investigate the death and also planned to reexamine the Moore case.

WHO IS ED BUCK?

Buck became a nationally known figure in the late 1980s when he led the effort to impeach Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham. News reports at the time described him as a conservative Republican.

The New York Times in 1987 described Buck as "a 33-year-old millionaire entrepreneur who retired from the insurance service business a year ago to found the Mecham Recall Committee."

Upon learning that Buck was gay, Mecham's aides distributed bumper stickers reading "Queer Ed Buck's Recall." The Arizona governor's efforts to dismiss the recall supporters - whom he dubbed "a band of homosexuals and a few dissident Democrats" - with comments about sexual orientation were pilloried in the "Doonesbury" comic strip.

More recently, Buck has donated to various Democratic causes.

Through June 2017, Buck gave $23,600 to various California races and causes, according to campaign finance records.

He also donated to candidates running for election to the West Hollywood City Council, Los Angeles Unified School District board and California Senate, and he served on the Stonewall Democratic Club Steering Committee.

Nixon, Moore's mother, had questioned whether Buck's ties to elected officials and differences in race and class influenced the investigation into her son's death.

Authorities have denied there was any influence.

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