Thanks to Darian Aaron for calling this tragic story to our attention. The body of a 20-year-old black gay Georgia man was found in a rural dumpster and investigators have arrested a man in connection with the death. However the cause of death has yet to be established and homicide charges have not been filed. Yet.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: "Eric Riley, a 35-year-old truck driver, was arrested and charged with concealing the death of Lashon Lee Douglas Jr., 20, and tampering with evidence. GBI agents discovered evidence Riley allegedly destroyed when they served a search warrant at his home in Box Springs. [Agents] would not describe the evidence or say how it was destroyed."
"The Pebblebrook High School alumni loved music and theater, and had just moved to Snellville to live with his mother and learn to become a hair stylist, his father, LeShon Douglas Sr. told the AJC."
Investigators discovered "Riley knew Douglas and was with him at some point during the weekend before his body was found," adds the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. There is some speculation this was an online hookup but authorities decline comment.
"Douglas was laid to rest last Saturday in Marietta, Georgia. Friends have created a Myspace page in his memory," reports Darian Aaron, who confirm Douglas was gay and "also went by the name Arielle Redd." Many of the well-wishers on the MySpace tribute are affiliated with the ballroom community.
Another young life cut short, this one discarded in a highway dumpster like trash. Lashon Lee Douglas Jr. deserved better.
Thanks DARIAN and JAM. Also our apologies for initially using the wrong photo.