An update on the case of two black gay Washington DC-area men who were recently killed. Police have made an arrest in one case and charged a 17-year-old male with "first-degree felony murder while armed" in connection with the January 10 shooting death of gay Maryland resident Gordon Rivers, DC Agenda reports.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday the office would charge the juvenile as an adult. The spokesperson, Benjamin Friedman, said the identity of the youth would become public when he appears in court for an arraignment, which was expected Friday or Monday. Until the time of the juvenile’s arrest, police declined to disclose whether they had a suspect or a motive in the case. They said they had no evidence to indicate the case was a hate crime.
No word yet how the 17-year-old knew or was linked to Rivers. That information should surface at the arraignment.
On December 27, officers found the body of gay SE DC resident Anthony Perkins. The 29-year-old man was found shot dead in his car only blocks from the Rivers homicide.