Detroit man charged in triple homicide targeting LGBTQ community: 2 gay men, 1 transgender woman murdered

DETROIT — A Detroit man has been charged with killing three people who prosecutors say were targeted because of their sexuality.

Devon Robinson, 19, of Detroit is facing three counts of first-degree murder in the May 25 shootings of Alunte Davis, 21, Paris Cameron, 20, and Timothy Blancher, 20, all of Detroit, in a home on Devonshire on the city’s east side, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Thursday.

Two other victims were also shot but survived.

Worthy’s office said Davis and Blancher were gay men. Cameron was a transgender woman.

“The allegation is that … the homicide victims were targeted and killed because they were part of the LGBTQ community,”  Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said.

Worthy said: “The alleged actions of this defendant are disturbing on so many levels, but the fact that this happened during Pride Month adds salt into the wound. We must remain ever vigilant in our fight to eradicate hate in Wayne County and beyond.”

In addition to the homicide charges, Robinson was also facing two counts of assault with intent to murder and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony.

Robinson was arrested Wednesday.

The case was handled by Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a partnership that involves the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the nonprofit Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. The justice project helps Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors solve serious crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“This case illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community, including transgender women of color,” Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said. “The LGBTQ community knows that the Fair Michigan Justice Project, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Detroit Police Department stand ready to aggressively prosecute these brutal crimes.”

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