WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Monday, March 4, Lieutenant William Moulder, the Acting Captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station, told members of the West Hollywood City Council that LASD Robbery-Homicide detectives are actively seeking statements and witnesses in the death investigations of Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55.
Both men were found dead inside the home of Ed Buck, a political activist, on Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood. Moore was found dead on July 27, 2017. Moore’s family and friends indicate they suspected foul play after reading his journal along with text messages and emails exchanged between Moore and Buck.
One email showed Buck sent Moore an airplane ticket to travel from Houston, Texas to Los Angeles, the day before his death. Journal entries stated that Moore used drugs with Buck. Moore was found naked in Buck’s apartment with drug paraphernalia around the home. Moore’s cause of death was listed as an accidental drug overdose. Buck was not charged in the case.
LaTisha Nixon, the mother of Gemmel Moore, has called for justice for her son. A page found in Moore’s diary reads, “I pray that I can just get my life together and make sense I help so many people but can’t seem to help myself I honestly don’t know what to do I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that, Ed Buck is the one to thank he game me my first injection of chrystal meth it was very painful but after all the troubles I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy.”
Nixon spoke to the West Hollywood City Council in August 2017 where she said, “We have a lot of victims that have came forward. We have more information, but we need immunity for these people because some of the charges by them testifying could be felonies. I should not even been here before you guys. I feel if the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department did a thorough investigation. ”
“I am asking for justice for my son,” Nixon added. “Ed Buck needs to be stopped. He needs some help, he needs to be stopped.”
In a Facebook post on January 8, 2019, Nixon wrote, “I had no idea my baby was dealing with so much hurt and pain. Ed Buck must be convicted he will not stop he will continue to hurt and kill black men. There are 2 people now that have lost their lives..#justice4gemmel.”
Dean passed away of causes that have not yet been disclosed to the public in January 2019. At the time of the Dean’s passing, Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster informed reporters that “Mr. Buck has not been arrested in this incident and I think they have done a thorough investigation. Nor was Mr. Buck arrested for the previous incident.” LASD officials have put a security hold on Dean’s autopsy results pending the toxicology results.
It was reported by the Los Angeles Blade that during the City Council meeting, West Hollywood City Attorney Mike Jenkins stated that during the previous week, he and other city officials met with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Villanueva confirmed that Robbery-Homicide detectives were in fact reopening the case of Moore and seeking out more witnesses to bring a resolution to the case.