Mother of Black man who died in Democratic donor’s home sues for wrongful death

Two gay Black men have died in the Southern California apartment of Ed Buck under suspicious circumstances. But one's mother has uncovered gruesome details

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Ed Buck (C) interrupts California Republican Party gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign event on September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Christie is in California to campaign politically for the Republican candidate Whitman for California governor. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The mother of Gemmel Moore, the Black man who died by overdose inside the home of a prominent Los Angeles Democratic donor Ed Buck, is suing him and city officials in Los Angeles for wrongful death.

In the lawsuit filed against Buck, Los Angeles County District Attorney and the county’s assistant head deputy district attorney, Moore’s mother, Latisha Nixon, names at least 10 causes of action including sexual battery, assault, battery, hate violence, drug dealer liability, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations, ABC News reports.

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In 2017, Moore’s body was found in Buck’s home. Another man Timothy Dean was found dead at Buck’s apartment in January.

According to Nixon’s lawsuit, Moore “died after being injected with a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine” and accuses Buck of having “a well-documented history of isolating black men for predatory sexual encounters.”

The autopsy report described Buck’s home as “littered with multiple syringes with brown residue, a scale, several lighters and torches, a straw with white residue, glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance,” the suit says.

The suit also states Buck had solicited sex from Moore in the past and insisted on injecting him with the drug.

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Buck is known as a wealthy, high-profile political activist who has made large contributions to the Democratic party. While the police listed his cause of death as an accident, Moore’s mother always suspected foul play.

After speaking to some of her son’s friends, Nixon found out he was a sex worker and Buck was his client.

“I called one of my son’s friends and was like, ‘who the hell is Edward Buck?’” Nixon previously said.  “And my son’s friend was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s that white guy, that wealthy white politician guy … he was like, ‘Oh my God …’”

The grieving mother says that’s when she discovered the sordid details of Moore and Buck’s relationship.

Buck claimed he was not responsible for Moore’s death and did not give him meth. The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file charges against Buck citing “insufficient evidence.”

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