GREENSBORO, N.C. — A gay North Carolina man who was brutally attacked earlier this month has died.
The Associated Press reported that Stephen Patrick White succumbed to his injuries at a Winston-Salem hospital on Nov. 15.
The news wire said Garry Joseph Gupton beat White, a U.S. Army veteran, in a Greensboro hotel room on Nov. 9 after the two men left Chemistry Nightclub, a gay bar. Local authorities told the Associated Press that Gupton beat White before setting the hotel room on fire.
White’s partner, Alex Teal, told the Associated Press that doctors amputated most of White’s arms because of injuries sustained during the blaze.
Gupton has been charged with first-degree murder.
QNotes, an LGBT newspaper, reported that local authorities are not investigating White’s death as a hate crime. North Carolina’s hate crime statute does not include sexual orientation.
QNotes reported Chemistry Nightclub and Q Lounge, another gay bar in Greensboro, are raising money for White’s family.
Stephen White’s death is a tragic loss for the Greensboro community and North Carolina,” said Chris Srgo, executive director of Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, in a statement. “Equality NC promises to follow this investigation closely to ensure that it is thorough and justice is served.”