April 24, 2018 at 8:16 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Arrest made in D.C. gay murder
Sean Anderson, gay news, Washington Blade

Sean Anderson was shot to death on March 24. (Photo courtesy MPD)

D.C. police announced on Monday that they have arrested a 35-year-old District man for the March 24 shooting death of Sean Anderson, 48, who was found dead in an apartment at the Marbury Plaza Apartments on Good Hope Rd, S.E. in Anacostia.

Police said in a statement that members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Jerome Wilson of Southeast D.C. on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with Anderson’s death.

He was scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday for a hearing in which prosecutors were expected to file charging documents disclosing evidence that homicide detectives obtained to link Wilson to the murder.

Veteran D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd said she has known Anderson for many years and that he self-identified as a gay man who sometimes dressed in women’s clothes, possibly to perform in drag.

“Sean was very beautiful and very talented,” Budd said. “He was a wonderful singer,” said Budd, who added that Anderson performed in talent shows.

The Washington Blade will report details of the case, including a possible motive for the murder, when they become available in charging documents filed in court.

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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