Recently, the WeHo Times reported the tragic death of Gemmel Moore, killed a crystal meth overdose in late July.
Moore was found at the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy, high-profile Democratic Party donor and political activist. The police report filed on the incident reported the death as an “accident.” However, Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon wasn’t so sure that that was the case.
Nixon found out through one of Moore’s friends that Moore had engaged in sex work before his death, and that Buck was a client of both men.
“I called one of my son’s friends and was like, ‘who the hell is Edward Buck?’” Nixon said. “And my son’s friend was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s that white guy, that wealthy white politician guy … he was like, ‘Oh my God …’”
The reason for the friend’s horror was what he told Nixon next.
“[Buck] would have my son to go out to … Santa Monica Boulevard looking for young gay black guys so he could inject them with drugs, see their reaction and how [they] would react and take pictures of them,” Nixon said the friend told her.
John Bice, a friend of Moore’s, told LA Weekly a similar story.
“Basically this guy would find young struggling black guys around town, pick them up and say he was going to help them out — make sure they had clothes and food. … He wanted to see them get high, first with weed. Then one day, the guy wanted him to shoot up,” Bice said.
Nixon believes Buck was basically conducting a psycho-sexual version of the Tuskegee experiments on the young black men.
“[Buck] would supply heroin, meth and other drugs to him to smoke or use with a needle,” Nixon said. “Buck would pleasure himself at the sight of my son using drugs.”
Moore’s mother added that her son’s friends told her that Buck would reward young men for taking big hits.
“The bigger the cloud of smoke,” the more money Buck would give the men. Nixon said Buck “would excitedly encourage [Moore] to increase his dosage by saying, ‘More, more, and I’ll give you $500 more.’”
Buck himself hasn’t spoken out about these accusations, but his lawyer, Seymour Amster, has.
Amster said that Moore injected himself with the meth, that Buck was Moore’s friend and “did not witness it being injected” and that, “This was an accidental death. This was an unfortunate death … but that doesn’t mean we can make spurious accusations and spin something out of control.”
However, Moore’s journals, which were discovered after his death, tell a different story.
Social critic and political commentator Jasmyne Cannick has made it her mission to broadcast Moore’s story, and posted screenshots of Moore’s journal entries on her site, which gave a more personal and gruesome look to his tragic death.