Another week, another black gay man is killed in Washington DC.
The Metropolitan Police Department has few clues and no suspects after the second killing of a black gay man in as many weeks. Police say there is "no indication" of a hate crime.
On Jan. 10, police found 47-year-old Gordon Rivers along the 2600 block of Naylor Road, S.E., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police said Rivers, a resident of Brandywine, Md., was pronounced dead a short time later after being taken to an area hospital. One of Rivers’ friends circulated an e-mail Tuesday saying Rivers was a regular patron of the D.C. gay bar Bachelor’s Mill... D.C. Police Capt. Edward Delgado, director of the department’s special liaison units, including the GLLU, circulated a police flyer with Rivers’ photo on Tuesday in an e-mail to local LGBT activists. He said detectives learned that Rivers was gay through their investigation of the case. "There is no indication at this time that this homicide occurred as a result of a hate crime," Delgado said.
Meanwhile: No motive and no arrests in the murder of another gay man that happened exactly two weeks before. On December 27, officers found the body of gay SE DC resident Anthony Perkins. The 29-year-old man was shot to death in his car not far from the latest homicide. Authorities reportedly received a tip that Perkins may have been targeted by a thug who is "terrorizing" that neighborhood.
DC Agenda reports: "Rev. Anthony Motley, a city minister and candidate for a seat on the D.C. City Council, told DC Agenda that a mutual friend of his and Perkins informed him that Perkins may have been the target of an unidentified man believed to have committed a string of robberies in the neighborhood. Perkins knew the robbery suspect and the suspect became 'paranoid' that Perkins would report him to police, Motley recounted the mutual friend as saying."
Metro Police also maintains it does "not" believe that murder was a hate crime.