donor Ed Buck is seen at left in the fall of 2015 with Hillary
Clinton. Gemmel Moore, at right, was found dead inside Buck's
apartment on July 27, 2017. (Facebook)
and friends of a male escort found dead in the West Hollywood home
of a high-powered Democratic Party donor last year continue to press
for answers—in a case that has eluded the national media spotlight
on incidents of sexual misconduct and racial injustice.
Moore, 26, was discovered by police on July 27 inside the apartment
of Ed Buck, 63. Buck is a well-known Democratic contributor, and has
given more than $500,000 to an array of Democrats including Hillary
Clinton, Barack Obama, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los
Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and a variety of state
and local organizations in California.
Los Angeles County Coroner’s office initially ruled the death an
accidental methamphetamine overdose. But the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Office Homicide Bureau on Aug. 14 announced they would
investigate if there is any criminal culpability, after Moore’s
family and friends disputed the initial finding.
told Fox News they would like to have the inquiry wrapped up in the
near future—but have had trouble interviewing certain witnesses.
should have all the information, so we can make a good evaluation of
everything that transpired to see if there’s any criminal
culpability,” Lt. Joe Mendoza, a spokesman for the Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Office homicide bureau, told Fox News in a recent
have already interviewed “numerous” witnesses who have information
to share about their interactions with Buck, according to Mendoza.
But investigators are trying to schedule additional interviews with
people who may have useful information.
death of Gemmel Moore, 26, is being investigated by the Los
Angeles County Sheriff's Office. (Facebook)
to the July 31 coroner’s report, Buck’s apartment was riddled with
drug paraphernalia. Among the items found were 24 syringes
containing brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and
burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear
plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag
containing a piece of crystal-like substance.
report also states coroner’s investigators spoke with a woman who
said Moore told her someone whose name is redacted tied him up “over
a year ago” and “held him against his will at the residence in West
don’t want to move forward with anything else without every single
piece of information,” said Mendoza, adding that investigators have
worked with the district attorney’s office to give immunity to
witnesses for unrelated minor crimes so they can speak freely.
“We’re just in a holding pattern until we can get those people
said investigators are “trying to leave no stone unturned.”
attorney, Seymour Amster, told Fox News that his client has done
nothing there. As we always stated, this was an accidental overdose
that Ed Buck had nothing to do with and it’s a tragedy," Amster said
in a recent phone interview. "The coroner has not changed his
opinion from an accidental death. Until that happens, and that’s not
going to happen, we’re done."
the probe is concluded, investigators will determine whether the
findings should be turned over to a district attorney or brought
before a grand jury. “I think a detective would probably present it
to a DA, but a grand jury is not out of play either,” said Mendoza.
the items being investigated is a journal that Moore appears to have
kept, which investigators discovered among his belongings. The
writings in the journal, which Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon,
discussed with Fox News, describes his drug use and interactions
honestly don’t know what to do. I’ve become addicted to drugs and
the worst one at that,” a December entry reads. “Ed Buck is the one
to thank. He gave me my first injection of crystal meth it was very
painful, but after all the troubles, I became addicted…”
final journal entry, dated December 3, 2016, reads: “If it didn’t
hurt so bad, I’d kill myself, but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”
page of Moore's journal is seen in the screen grab above. (Courtesy
of LaTisha Nixon)
to Jasmyne Cannick, an advocate for Moore’s family, a number of
other gay black men have claimed Buck would invite them to his
house, then pay them several hundred dollars to take drugs.
family has set up a website where
people can come forward with information. “Gemmel deserves justice.
What’s done in the dark always comes to the light,” Nixon told Fox
News. “I’m happy Ed Buck got exposed for what he was doing.”
told Fox News that the two men were “friends” and that Buck was
“legitimately trying to help” Moore.
are merely accusations. This situation has turned into an attack on
Mr. Buck’s personal life,” Amster told Fox News.
Moore is seen with his mother, LaTisha Nixon, above. (Facebook)
family attorney Nana Gyamfi told Fox News she hoped a “substantive
investigation can now take place with the statements of the
additional victims who will corroborate certain details in Gemmel
Moore’s journal, but also recount their own experiences with Ed
said no wrongful death lawsuit has been filed, but that it’s “on the
dry-erase board as one way in which some modicum of justice for
Gemmel can be achieved.”
mother is clear on what justice means for her:
Ed Buck off the streets and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
law for preying on and taking advantage of my son and others like