November 13, 2018 at 12:17 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Gay man found murdered inside Baltimore apartment

Brendon Michaels was found dead in his Baltimore apartment on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Carroll Community College)

A gay man was found dead inside his Baltimore apartment on Nov. 8.

Detective Jeremy Silbert of the Baltimore Police Department told the Washington Blade police officers and firefighters found Brendon Michaels dead inside his home on Saint Paul Street.

The Baltimore Sun reported Michaels had been beaten. Silbert told the Blade that Michaels’ death has been ruled a “homicide from trauma.”

Michaels, 43, grew up in Westminster in Carroll County.

Carroll Community College in a press release said Michaels graduated from the school in 1998 with an associate degree in arts and sciences.

The Baltimore Sun reported Carroll Community College hired Michaels as a full-time fitness instructor in 1999. The newspaper said he was named coordinator of the Carroll Community College Fitness Center in 2008 and became a certified personal trainer in 2014.

“We are extraordinarily sad to hear about the passing of our beloved friend and staff member Brendon Michaels,” said Carroll Community College President James Ball in the press release. “Brendon was a vibrant and well-respected member of the college community for over 20 years.”

“He was high energy, passionate about fitness and always willing to help anyone in need,” added Ball. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Brendon will be truly missed and will never be forgotten.”

The Baltimore Sun reported Michaels, who also worked as a waiter at the Olive Garden, in 2011 won $50,000 in the Maryland lottery.

The Baltimore Sun said investigators have not identified a possible motive. Silbert told the Blade that police have not made any arrests in connection with Michaels’ murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100 or send a message to its text-for-tip line at 443-902-4824.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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