This is the second time in two years that a black man has been found dead in Edward Buck’s apartment in West Hollywood.
Los Angeles detectives have found a black man dead inside Edward “Ed” Buck‘s apartment, making it the second time in two years that a black man has died in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it received a 911 call late Monday morning from a person who claimed that a man inside Buck’s apartment had stopped breathing. When emergency responders arrived at the apartment they declared the man dead. The authorities have yet to determine how the man died or released his identity according to the New York Times.
This isn’t the first time a black man has died at Buck’s apartment. In July 2017, Gemmel Moore was found naked and dead from a drug overdose on a mattress in the polticial activist and Democratic donor’s living room. Detectives interviewed Buck about Moore’s death and was considered a suspect in the case. But no charges were filed against him because the police could not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect Buck furnished drugs to Gemmel Moore or that suspect Buck possessed drugs,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
A medical examiner had determined that Moore died from an accidental methamphetamine overdose, while a coroner’s report noted that journal had been found in Moore’s possessions.
The journal, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, noted some entries made, including one where Moore wrote “I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that. Ed Buck is the one to thank, he gave me my first injection,” and another that said “If it didn’t hurt so bad I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”
Jasmyne Cannick, a political activist in Southern California, accused Buck of picking up black men outside bars, contacting them on dating apps, and even flying them out to Los Angeles to see him.
“He never stops,” Cannick said at the rally outside of Buck’s apartment. “Most recently, a young man, he flew in from Minnesota and sent me his plane ticket showing me that Ed Buck had flew him in and that he had partied and played with Ed Buck.”
Detectives are reviewing Moore’s death and conducting new interviews following the latest death at Buck’s apartment.
“It is suspicious that this has happened twice now, so we’re going to conduct a thorough investigation to determine if it is criminal in nature,” Lt. Derrick Alfred told KTLA-TV, a local television station.
Buck has given more than $116,000 to Democratic politicians and groups including about $1,500 to support Barack Obama and $2,950 to Hillary Clinton, as the New York Times notes.