Developing Story – There are very few things that actually shock me, but the following news story is one of them and is a stark reminder that the lives of poor, Black, gay men are at risk at all times.
Ronald J. Dominique of Lousiana has been arrested and accused of murdering Oliver Lebanks in 1998 and Manual Reed in 1999, and with raping Reed, state Attorney General Charles Foti’s office announced.
This comes in the wake of a task force investigating as many as 21 stranglings in the area with Dominique under investigation.
Both men’s bodies were found in suburban New Orleans, about 60 miles east of Houma. Reed’s was found in Kenner and Lebanks’ in Metairie. Reed was 20, LeBanks 27.
Dominique was accused of first-degree murder and aggravated rape in Reed’s death, and with second-degree murder of Lebanks.
"Due to the fact that the investigation is ongoing and there is a possibility of more charges, no further information is available at this time," the news release said.
According to MSNBC.com, because most of the victims led what authorities termed "high-risk" lifestyles, the killings caused less public unrest than those of the college and professional women whom Lee was accused of killing between April 1998 and March 2003. He was sentenced to death for first-degree murder of a former Louisiana State University student in Baton Rouge, and sentenced to life for second-degree murder of a West Baton Rouge woman in 2002.
Authorities said DNA had linked him to the deaths of five other women.
Now I want to see who in the "Black leadership" raises hell about this.