Saturday, 28 August 2010

Atlanta Black Gay Pride organizer found shot to death

A Black Gay Pride organizer was shot and killed early Wednesday, according to a report by WSB-TV.

Durand Robinson, 50, of Decatur, an owner of the popular Traxx Atlanta club and promotion team, was shot after he got into an altercation with another person, the station reported.

Philip Boone, who was Robinson’s business partner, told WSB, "This was devastating for our community and the Traxx family. He was an angel ... we will miss him.”

According to a preliminary police report, Robinson was found in southwest Atlanta lying in the middle of Hadlock Street with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was found shortly after 1 a.m.

The preliminary report states, according to Officer Kim Jones:

"Residence at Hadlock Street SW called 911 at 0123 hours to report a person injured. Grady EMS and Fire Rescue units were already on the scene. The victim was deceased on scene by an apparent gunshot wound. Residence at Hadlock Street SW heard a commotion in the street followed by a single gunshot and the sound of a vehicle speeding off. The residence advised that when they looked out they saw the victim lying in the street and called 911

Police continue to seek a motive and have not named a suspect in the case.

Traxx Atlanta promoter Gerald “G” Thompson told Georgia Voice this evening he and others were “trying to hold it together.”


This is so deep. From what I know Traxx is a major black gay club in Atlanta especially with Atlanta Black Pride a week away. Even though I am not big on going out, you've got to pay homage to the people that made their idea of giving gay folk a place to kick back and have fun kudos. I hope the man is in a better place now. RIP.

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