Mom reacts to Ed Buck conviction in fatal overdoses of Black gay men

Downtown, Los Angeles—On the four-year anniversary of Gemmel Moore’s death, a Los Angeles jury unanimously voted to convict Edward Buck as being responsible for his death. Moore was found dead in Buck’s home following a crystal meth overdose July, 27, 2017.

In 2019, Ed Buck was arrested and charged with nine counts including enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug-involved premise, as well as two counts of providing drugs resulting in death.

I’m happy. I’m glad this is over and I’m glad we got justice” LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, told theGrio in Downtown Los Angeles after the verdict was read Tuesday afternoon.

The charges against Buck did not come after a second man, Timothy Dean, was recovered from Buck’s West Hollywood apartment in 2019, also dead from a meth overdose. 

It was only until a third man, Dane Brown, almost died in Buck’s apartment was he finally arrested.

“It was the Ed Buck train. He was the conductor and used his money and influence to use human beings as personal sextools,” prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments.

Brown was one of several who testified this week against Ed Buck, detailing a world of pay to play, where Buck used his money to lure mostly vulnerable Black men to his West Hollywood apartment. Buck would offer to inject these men with meth, in exchange for money.

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