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Gay man murdered in D.C. apartment

Police say surveillance camera captured ‘person of interest’



D.C. Police Capt. Michael Farish said Delando King was found unconscious and stabbed in his apartment shortly after 6 p.m. Monday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A 34-year-old gay man who was found stabbed to death in his D.C. apartment Monday night was last seen by friends leaving a gay bar over the weekend, said the city police homicide squad’s supervisor.

Capt. Michael Farish told reporters at a news briefing Tuesday that police discovered the victim, Delando King, unconscious and suffering from stab wounds in his apartment along the 1100 block of 10th Street, N.W., shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

A separate police statement said police and a D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services crew rushed to the scene in response to an emergency call.

“Upon arriving on the scene they discovered a male victim unresponsive and suffering from apparent stab wounds; he was subsequently pronounced dead,” said the statement.

Farish confirmed the location as an apartment in a high-rise building at 1117 10th Street, N.W.

A surveillance camera at the building captured video footage of King entering the building with an unidentified male guest, Farish said. He noted the surveillance video also shows the unidentified man leaving the building a short time later carrying a bag that he did not have when he entered the building with King.

He said police planned to release photo images of the unidentified man taken from the video. Farish described the unidentified man as a “person of interest” rather than a suspect until investigators gather more information about the circumstances surrounding the case.

“We know two of the clubs [the victim] was at,” said Farish. “We’re looking for the public’s assistance if they saw him in another club.”

According to Farish, King was out with friends at the two clubs police have identified.

“They were able to give us a timeline as to when he left,” he said. “It’s after 12:30 Sunday morning where it becomes a little sketchy as to where he was and where he may have met somebody else. So if anyone knows Mr. King or if he was a regular anywhere, we’re definitely looking for the public’s assistance in identifying that, especially if they saw him in the company of anybody.”

Farish declined to identify the clubs that King patronized with friends in the hours before his death, saying investigators would rather have members of the community come forward with the names of places King may have visited that investigators don’t know about.

But one source familiar with the case said King had patronized the gay club Fuego on Friday night and early Saturday morning. Fuego, which caters to the LGBT Latino community, operates only on Friday nights and rents space at a non-gay club at 1818 New York Ave., N.E.

The owner of the Fuego nightclub venue could not be immediately reached.

King’s death comes one week after D.C. police released an alert to the LGBT community noting that five separate attacks against men are being investigated. All five attacks occurred in the city between June 2 and July 30 and are believed to be motivated by anti-gay bias.

The alert said that while police were examining the cases for possible similarities, they had yet to confirm whether they cases were related or whether any two or more of the assaults were committed by the same perpetrators.

Farish said homicide detectives investigating King’s murder were aware of the separate incidents, but don’t believe they are linked to King’s death.

“What we’re dealing with in this incident has no indication of being related to those incidents,” he said.

King worked for the federal government as an employee of the U.S. Indian Health Service, which is an arm of the Department of Health & Human Services.

“We at the Indian Health Service are very saddened to learn of the death of our colleague Dalando King, who was a member of the Navajo Nation,” the IHS said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Mr. King was a dedicated employee and a friend to many in the Washington area American Indian community. We extend our deep condolences to Mr. King’s family,” the statement says.

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  1. Bob

    August 11, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for covering this story. Hope you keep it up.

  2. Kraig Rasool

    August 11, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Its very sad to see so many people in the gay community being snuffed out by those without a conscious…It is
    paramount that these murderous individuals be punished to the full extent of the law so as to send a message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in DC or its surrounding suburbs…It also shows how just meeting a stranger on the street and taking them possibly home is a a very dangerous decision.

  3. Damien Marcus

    August 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Very sad. I am just hoping that this does not trigger “copycat” attacks/murders as happened in London several years back.
    I have been in DC for 2 years and every month there is always some type of incident — as in every major city. Yes, we have come a long way over the years in terms of marriage, equality laws, etc,etc…. but the bigots are still out there with their hatred and only too happy to meet out punishment — up to death — as they see fit. The DC LGBT community should always remain vigilant — see something, say something — DC has LOTS of cops, so give them more things to do !

  4. charley

    August 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    What’s going on in D.C.? I keep reading stories of anti-gay violence. Don’t think I’ll be planning any trips there soon.

    • Bill

      August 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

      The city is a pit. There is tremendous anti-gay violence (and has been for years). Further, there are roving gangs of black thugs going into gay-identified neighborhood to assault and rob gays. The police can’t / won’t or both act to stop the violence (plus the cops are pretty homophobic). I wish there would be a national boycott by gays against the city until DC is cleaned up and safe. PLEASE, don’t bring Gay Games to DC.

  5. Moppijmj

    August 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    This is heart breaking news, how can man be so cruel? The world used to be fun back in the day, now it is filled with so much hate and anger. Devistated and feeling the pain of losing another young man’s life, so much potential… taken by an evil individual. Hope they find this individual and give him the maximum punishment. Rest in peace Delondo.

  6. R.GA

    August 11, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    PLEASE BE CAREFULWHEN YOU ARE OUT! ALWAYS KNOW who you meet before going home with them, or be aware if someone is following you!
    RIP Delando,…you will be missed

  7. Kevin

    August 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Stop bringing heterosexuals to your apartment or home and this won’t happen. There are heterosexuals out there that will pretend to be gay so they can get into your place to kill you. The robbery is an afterthought. Make sure the men you bring to your place are gay.

    • Kevin2

      August 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      If they’re pretending to be gay, how can you “make sure” before you bring them into your home?

    • daddylicious

      August 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      And here we thought that asshattery was reserved for homophobes! Or, perhaps, Kevin is too young to vividly remember the exploits of Andrew Cunanan? Queers abuse and/or kill other queers more often than hets inflicted hate violence on Queers; and a Queer can be motivated to steal from a hook-up because of homelessness, drug addiction, or a pathology of rage.
      Still, a good rule of thumb when hooking up with a stranger is to not do it with anyone who cannot be validated by someone you trust. That may limit the amount of dick and ass one gets, but it will keep you from becoming an item on the police blotter.

    • Tyler

      August 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Are you serious? You don’t think gay men committ crimes? Hell they do. Stop bringing strangers you meet at bars/clubs, on the street and definately leave the online sex-hook up sites alone. Time for gay men to get some standards about their lives. Is hooking up all that defines you as a person? We failed the 1970’s gay/sex revolution big time.
      But that doesn’t mean this guy had to die and I’m not blaming him at all. Because it doesn’t matter gay or straight, people are dying and becoming victims of crime all the time for annonymous sex.

  8. George

    August 14, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I still haven’t seen any photos relesed by the police yet, what are they waiting for? If the photos have been released, could someone post a locaiton where they can be found. I don’t understand what the hold up is on releasing the photos. DC Police Department get off you butt and release the photos before this person strikes again!!!!

  9. LauraH

    August 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Murder is murder and it doesn’t matter who does it or why – it’s wrong!

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Missing gay man found ‘alive and well’

Police say Richard ‘Rick’ Woods found in good health



Richard G. ‘Rick’ Woods, a 65-year-old gay man, was found alive and well.

D.C. police announced on Friday that Richard G. ‘Rick’ Woods, a 65-year-old gay man who police said was reported missing and last seen on July 14, has been located. But the announcement doesn’t provide information on where he was found or why he went missing.

Friends who know Woods say he operated for many years an antique wood furniture restoration business in various locations in D.C. The most recent location of his business, friends said, was in Georgetown a short distance from where police said he was last seen on the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.

“MPD does not publicly disclose the circumstances surrounding a missing person and how they are found, however we do release their flyer as well as a notification when they are located,” said D.C. police spokesperson Brianna Burch. “Mr. Woods was found in good health,” Burch told the Blade.

Police sought help from the public in their initial announcement that Woods was missing. The announcement said he was reported missing to police on Friday, July 23.

Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and LGBTQ rights advocate John Fanning, who said he has been friends with Woods for many years, said he was delighted to hear Woods was found in good condition.

“Rick is known by many in our community,” Fanning told the Blade at the time Woods was reported missing. Fanning said he and others who know Woods stand ready to provide support for him should he be in need of such support.

The Blade couldn’t immediately reach Woods for comment.

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Some D.C. gay bars to require proof of COVID vaccination

Action prompted by mayor’s order reinstating masks indoors



Adams Morgan’s A League of Her Own is among the area queer bars requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

At least four D.C. gay bars announced this week on social media that they will require patrons to show proof that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition for being admitted to the bars.

They include the Logan Circle area gay bars Number Nine and Trade, which are operated by the same co-owners, and the Adams Morgan gay sports bars Pitchers and A League of Her Own, which are also operated by the same owner and share the same building.

The four bars, which also offer dining service, announced their proof of vaccination requirement shortly after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday issued a new order reinstating the city’s requirement that facial masks be worn inside all businesses and other public establishments.

The mayor’s order applies to all vaccinated and unvaccinated people over the age of two. It was scheduled to take effect 5 a.m. Saturday, July 31.

At a July 29 news conference, Bowser pointed to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued two days earlier recommending that fully vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors in places where transmission of the coronavirus is considered “substantial” or “high.”

The mayor said that, at the advice of her public health experts, she decided to issue the new order to help curtail the rising number of COVID cases in D.C. over the past month or more due to the rapid spread of the virus’s delta variant, which is surging throughout the nation. Like other parts of the country, Bowser and D.C. Department of Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbit said people who are unvaccinated in D.C. make up nearly all of the newly infected cases.

“I know D.C. residents have been very closely following the public health guidelines, and they will embrace this,” Bowser said in referring to the new mask requirement.

The four-page order released by the mayor’s office, similar to the city’s earlier mask requirements, allows indoor patrons of restaurants and bars to remove their masks while “actively” eating or drinking.

But some representatives of restaurants and bars have pointed out that other jurisdictions, including Maryland and Virginia, have followed the CDC’s initial policy of making mask wearing a recommendation rather than a requirement.

“Mayor Bowser’s announcement that nightlife hospitality patrons must wear a mask indoors when not ‘actively eating or drinking’ renders the reinstated mandate essentially unenforceable and results in the rule being reduced to a largely theatrical requirement,” said Mark Lee, director of the D.C. Nightlife Council, a local trade association representing bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and other nightlife related businesses.

“The greatest disappointment for many venue operators and staff, however, is that the mayor’s decision does not allow an option for establishments to admit only fully vaccinated patrons and be exempt from the mandate, as a number of other jurisdictions across the country have done,” Lee said.

John Guggenmos, co-owner of the bars Trade and Number Nine, told the Washington Blade he and his co-owners adopted the proof of vaccination policy as an added means of protecting the safety of both patrons and employees of the two bars.

“We’re hopeful that this will be in effect for just a few weeks or a month or two,” Guggenmos said. “Our patrons have always been very supportive,” he said in referring to the city’s public health directives last year and early this year in which masks were required up until May of this year.

Guggenmos said Trade and Number Nine will allow an alternative to the vaccination requirement if patrons provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the previous three days of their admission to the bars.

In its social media postings, Pitchers and A League of Her Own said their proof of vaccination requirement was based on the concern for the health of their patrons and staff.

“We will require proof a COVID vaccination until further notice at Pitchers/ALOHO and masks per the mayor,” a Facebook posting says. “We take guidelines and the health of our patrons and staff very seriously. We will accept a picture or hard copy of your COVID vaccination card,” it says. “No exceptions, no arguing, no talking to the manager.”

Tammy Truong, owner of the gay bar Uproar Lounge at 639 Florida Ave., N.W., told the Blade the bar has no immediate plans to require proof of vaccination as a requirement for admission, but Uproar will fully comply with the mayor’s order requiring indoor masks.

Justin Parker, co-owner of the nearby gay bar The Dirty Goose at 913 U St., N.W., told the Blade he and his staff decided on Friday to also put in place a requirment that patrons show either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past five days. He said a 5-day window for the COVID test, which the CDC allows in some cases, was chosen rather than three a requirement to accomodate people who may not be able to get tested during weekends.

Owners of other D.C. gay bars couldn’t immeidately be reached. But the Blade could not find any announcements by the other gay bars as of Friday afternoon that they planed to put in place a proof of vaccination requiremenet. 

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Judge dismisses lawsuit against Va. school guidelines for transgender students

Christian Action Network and other conservative groups filed suit



Connor Climo, gay news, Washington Blade

Lynchburg Circuit Court Judge J. Frederick Watson on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Virginia Department of Education’s model policies for transgender students that are to be implemented for the 2021-2022 school year.

The VDOE introduced the policies in March to better protect and affirm trans and non-binary students in schools, considering they are more likely to face discrimination and harassment from their peers and students. The directives would require Virginia schools to allow them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms that conform to their gender identity and pronouns and a name that reflects their gender identity.

Several conservative organizations, including the Christian Action Network, and families whose children attend Lynchburg public schools had sought to overturn the VDOE’s policies. The groups cited their need to protect their right to free speech and religion under the First Amendment.

Challenging the enactment of non-binary and trans-inclusive school policies in Virginia is not a new occurence. 

Tanner Cross, a Loudoun County teacher, was suspended in May after stating he would not use trans students’ preferred pronouns. Circuit Judge James E. Plowman, Jr., who invoked Pickering v. Board of Education,  a 1968 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a teacher that stated they have the right to provide commentary on issues of public importance without being dismissed from their position, reinstated Cross after he filed a lawsuit,  

Equality Virginia on Tuesday a statement celebrated what they described as “a win for Virginia schools and students.”

“This ruling is important progress and emphasizes the continued need to protect transgender and non-binary youth in Virginia,” said Executive Director Vee Lamneck. “These policies will create safer classrooms and will reduce bullying, discrimination and harassment. It’s imperative school boards adopt these policies as soon as possible because the lives of transgender students are at risk.”

Equality Virginia, ACLU of Virginia, and more than 50 other organizations and school board leaders across the state filed an amicus brief earlier this month encouraging the court to deny the lawsuit.

The brief’s arguments included references to historic lawsuits like Brown v. Board of Education and Grimm v. Gloucester City School Board that specifically addressed inequalities in schools for minority students.

While Tuesday’s ruling is a win for LGBTQ rights advocates in education and their respective students, there still remains a final barrier to ensure that the VDOE’s policies are sanctioned in the fall. 

“The dismissal clears one statewide hurdle for the guidelines and limits future challenges,” reports the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. “But it leaves the fight to continue at local school boards, which are currently debating how or if to implement policies before the start of the school year.”

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