Police have closed their investigation into the drug overdose death of a male prostitute at the West Hollywood home of a high-profile donor to the Democratic Party.
Gemmel Moore, 26 (pictured inset), was found dead on July 27 at the home of Edward Buck, a wealthy donor to the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party, according to the WeHo Times.
The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Moore’s death an accidental overdose, so police have ruled out foul play.
But Moore’s family believes his death is no accident.
Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, told the WeHo Times that her son made a living as a sex worker in the past few years. She said she believes Buck liked giving black males intravenous drugs and watching their reactions.
“I called one of my son’s friends and was like, ‘who the hell is Edward Buck?‘” Nixon 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…’,” said Nixon.
“When he calmed down, he told me that Ed Buck was one of my son’s clients and that Ed Buck was one of his clients as well,” Nixon said. “[Buck] would have my son to go out to… Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and how [they] would react and take pictures of them,” she said.
Nixon said investigators told her no drugs or drug paraphernalia was found in Buck’s home.
But an unidentified source who also turned tricks for Buck told the WeHo Times that Buck often provided him with drugs.
The source said Buck seemed to “get off on getting you higher and higher.”
Nixon described a late night phone call from her son who sounded panicked.
“He called me crying. Three minutes on the phone hollering and I’m like ‘What the hell is going on?’”
“He said ‘This man, he shot me up with something I don’t even know what it is,’ and I’m like, my son is having a breakdown or episode. But he sent me pictures of his arm, his arm was red.”
Nixon said Moore filed a police report, but WeHo Times was unable to obtain a copy of the police report.
Nixon said her son returned home to her after the incident.
“Yes, my son was an adult and didn’t live a fairy tale perfect life, but he didn’t deserve to die this way,” she said.
Buck, who also served as a West Hollywood councilman, earned his millions pioneering computer technology, according to the Daily Mail UK.