May 31, 2017 at 5:59 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay man found murdered in Hyattsville apartment
Matthew Murrey, gay news, Washington Blade

Matthew Murrey was found stabbed to death on Tuesday.

A 26-year-old Prince George’s County man was found stabbed to death in his Hyattsville, Md., apartment on Tuesday, May 30, according to Prince George’s County police.

Sources told the Washington Blade that Matthew Mickens-Murrey was a gay man who had attended D.C. Black Pride-related events over the Memorial Day weekend.

A police statement says patrol officers arrived at Murrey’s apartment on the 5400 block of Newton Street about 2:40 p.m. on May 30 in response to a call asking that they check on his welfare.

“When they arrived, they found the victim suffering from trauma inside of his home,” the statement says. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The statement says homicide detectives were working to identify a motive and suspect in the case. It says anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the P.G. Police Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

A police spokesperson declined to provide additional details such as whether or not there were signs of a forced entry into the apartment.

Two of Murrey’s friends, Allen James and Terrence Ford, told the Washington Blade that they knew the victim as Matt Murrey and were not familiar with the hyphened last name of Mickens-Murrey released by police. Murrey identified himself on his Facebook page as Matt Murrey.

James and Ford said Murrey had told them he was planning to attend some of the entertainment events associated with D.C.’s Black Pride celebration, which takes place every year over the Memorial Day weekend.

Ford said he thinks Murrey was last seen at the D.C. gay bar Nellie’s on Sunday night, May 28, around 9 or 10 p.m. He said that on prior occasions he and Murrey would go to the D.C. gay bars Fireplace and Cobalt. James said Murrey also would sometimes visit the Capital Hill gay bar Bachelor’s Mill.

James called Murrey a “kind hearted, no-nonsense guy” who worked as a security guard in D.C.

A police spokesperson told the Blade on Tuesday there is currently no evidence to suggest the murder was a hate crime. The Blade will provide an update on this story when new information becomes available.

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

  • Thank you for raising awareness of this hate crime….may his family be lifted up in there time of sorrow and MAY WE ALL HELP TO GET THIS KILLER!!!….JUSTICE must be served…this is awful.

    • We the family thank you and yes if anyone knows anything please come forward. It could have been your family help us find justice

      • I pray that you all find out who the scum bag was I’m sure you already know but have them check cell phone records any gay apps he may have used if he has a iPad or laptop check all of that my God be with your family in this hard Time.

  • The fact that he has to be listed as a ‘gay man’ or he visited ‘gay bars’ is at this point irrelevant to his murder & quite frankly distasteful from a journalistic standpoint. I don’t understand why his sexuality has to be mentioned whatsoever. Like he was some sort of different species or something. Smh. Rest In Peace ??

    • My sentiments exactly,no respectful privacy not to mention the insinuation that Black Pride events might have led to this tragedy. Prayers to his loved ones.

      • Mikha'el Benjamin Revival

        Yes Llyod, Shaun I actually understand exactly why they would associate gay man, gay bar and then DC Black Pride. No need to say gay when you’ve already said DC ‘Black’ Pride. Once you say Black it’s seemingly smutty enough no need to say Black Gay Pride because the gay may downplay the Black.

      • I read it as establishing his identity as a gay man, not as maligning him or Black Pride.

    • I think that they mentioned places where he may have been seen before his death as a way to alert potential witnesses. Perhaps someone saw him interacting with a person who could be a witness or a suspect.

    • Exactly. It as if the writer seeks to sensationalize the decedent’s sexuality and his attending gay events as the “connection” to his death. Here, we have a young, black, male who lost his life due to some type of violence.

    • The Washington Blade is a news source *specifically geared* for the LGBT community. The fact that they’re mentioning his sexuality is because the gay community in and around DC would want to know. Anti-LGBT violence is a persistent problem, both in DC and around the world. And when one of us is murdered, we need to be vigilant.

  • You folks do know you’re reading the Blade, right? A gay-oriented newspaper. His death wouldn’t have been reported here if he weren’t gay, so yes, they are going to point out that he is gay.

  • Awful, and sad. But please improve fact checking: that address is not Hyattsville, it’s Bladensburg, Maryland. I know some think of the suburbs as one vast “other” land, but it’s rather irresponsible to simply use the Post Office designation to describe a location.

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