There are new developments in the gruesome Atlanta double murder Sunday night. Twenty-one-year-old Samuel Blizzard Jr. and 26-year-old Calvin Streater were shot execution-style in a Southeast Atlanta apartment. Streater lived in Atlanta and Blizzard was a Georgia State University student from Virginia. Both men attended Black Gay Pride events over the weekend, police say.
So far, police have no motive or suspects. The father of Samuel Blizzard Jr. says the apartment belonged to a family member and denies his son would have anything would have anything to do with Black Gay Pride, reports Richmond's CBS 6.
[Blizzard's] father tells CBS 6 that his son was found shot execution style. Sam Jr., known to friends and family members as Fatty, was a former Prince George High School football player, and was active in his hometown church. His father says that he recently transferred from Tidewater Community College to George State University, where he was pursuing a law degree. His father says that the apartment he was found murdered in belonged to his cousin. Another man, Calvin Streater, was also found shot to death inside the apartment. Investigators say the two men were in town for a Black Gay Pride festival, a claim that Fatty's father denies.
Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos confirms both men were apparently gay. "We have learned in fact they attended some Black Gay Pride activity that day," Campos told the Georgia Voice said. "There is no evidence the shooting deaths had anything to do with the fact the men were at a gay event," he said and added there was no evidence this "was a bias crime."
Friends are already leaving messages on Calvin Streater's Facebook. Streater's last entries were on the morning of September 1. "Thinking about taking a trip to New Jersey," Streater said.
The double murders are the second and third homicides with a connection to Atlanta's Black Gay Pride in the past 10 days. Traxx co-owner Durand Robinson was gunned down in an apparent carjacking on August 25. There are still no arrests.
More as this develops ...