March 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Bachelor’s Mill patron dies in hospital
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Bachelor’s Mill (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

D.C. police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a customer of the Capitol Hill gay bar Bachelor’s Mill, who was found unconscious on the street about two blocks from the bar about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22.

According to a police report, Derrick Lee Powe, 46, was found “in an unconscious state” with an abrasion on the back of his head alongside 1000 7th Street, S.E., which is the address for one of the recently built U.S. Marine Corps barracks.

The report says Powe was taken to Medstar Hospital by ambulance and pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m. Beverly Fields, a spokesperson for the D.C. Medical Examiner’s Office, said the office was in the process of determining the cause and manner of death for Powe.

Courtney Williams, a friend of Powe’s, said Powe was a regular customer of the Bachelor’s Mill located at 1104 8th St., S.E. Williams said friends reported seeing Powe at the bar shortly before he was found unconscious.

“People are concerned,” said Williams. “The police at first weren’t saying anything,” he said, leading some to worry that Powe might have been the victim of an attack.

Police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump told the Washington Blade police are investigating the case as an undetermined death.

“There are no signs of foul play,” Crump said.

The police report says Powe lived at the Marbury Plaza Apartments in Anacostia at 2300 Good Hope Road, S.E.

Williams said Powe was an employee of the Montgomery County, Md., government since 2007 and was a military veteran. According to Williams, Powe was originally from Chicago.

A memorial service was being planned for Chicago, Williams said.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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