A 26-year-old man was found dead at the home of a well-known Democratic party donor late last month of a drug overdose.
The incident occurred on July 27 around 7.22pm at the West Hollywood home of Ed Buck, a high-profile political activist and wealthy contributor to the California and Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
The Los Angeles County Coroner declared Gemmel Moore's death an 'accident,' due to a 'methamphetamine' overdose, the WeHo Times publication reported.
But Moore's family believes that foul play was involved in the hours between Gemmel's arrival at Buck's home and his fatal overdose.
During a phone interview with the WeHo Times last week, Gemmel Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, said that her son had been involved with sex-work for the past few years.
Ed Buck (Pictured) has been a high-profile Democratic donor for decades (Pictured June 2015)
'I called one of my son’s friends and was like, "who the hell is Edward Buck?'" Nixon said, speaking from her home in Spring Texas. '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…’”
A one-time registered Republican, Buck began getting involved in Southern California politics in the early 1990s.
Buck became a successful businessman, pioneering in computer technology, specifically in electronic information services, in Arizona before moving to Los Angeles.
He was also a candidate for a councilman seat in West Hollywood and a prominent AIDS activist in the community, according to a smartvote.org profile in 2007.
During Nixon's conversation with her son's friend, a darker picture of Moore's life began to emerge, with Buck allegedly playing a role.
'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.'
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