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.