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|Atlanta police closing in on killer of Black Gay Pride organizer?|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|August 24, 2011 14:48|
Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the killing of Durand Robinson, an owner of Traxx and one of the key figures in organizing the annual Black Gay Pride celebration held in Atlanta each year over Labor Day weekend.
Some close to the case are saying someone is in custody who police believe is the killer.
On Aug. 5, Wynter Robinson, the daughter of Durand Robinson, tweeted the police had a person in custody for the shooting of her father.
However, spokespersons for the APD said today no arrest has been made.
"We continue to investigate this case and are working diligently to bring someone to justice for Mr. Robinson's murder," said Carlos Campos, public affairs manager for the APD.
Robinson was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Aug. 25 and found lying in the middle of Hadlock Street in southwest Atlanta.
The person who shot Durand Robinson likely knew him, according to Major Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Major Crimes Section, in an interview last September. Friends and family said Durand Robinson was not gay although he worked heavily within the black LGBT community.
“This had nothing had to do with his sexual orientation. It might have had something to do with past relationships with people. Personal relationships,” Meadows said.
In late December, police said they had a person of interest in the case they were seeking.
According to police, it appears Durand Robinson may have been a victim of a carjacking.
In April, the APD and other family members of Durand Robinson conducted a canvass of the area where he was shot, seeking witnesses or information from people who might know information that would lead to an arrest.
A $4,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Calls can be made anonymously.
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