Gemmel Moore reportedly died at Ed Buck’s Los Angeles home on July 27. Buck is a wealthy political activist and a contributor to the Democratic Party.
Moore’s death was ruled an “accident” spawning from “methamphetamine use,” according the WeHo Times.
LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, told the publication her son had recently been involved in sex work.
“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.’”
Buck has been involved in politics since the early 1990s. After a successful business career in the computer technology industry, he ran to represent West Hollywood in the city council, according to a 2007 smartvoter.org profile.
Nixon told the WeHo Times that her son’s friend informed her that Buck was more active in her Moore’s life than she knew.
“When he calmed down, he told me that Ed Buck was one of my son’s clients and that Ed Buck was one of his clients as well,” Nixon said. “(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.”
Buck has not been identified as a suspect in Moore’s death or any other police investigation. Investigators with the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told Nixon there weren’t any drugs or paraphernalia found at Buck’s home following her son’s death.
Nixon told the WeHo Times she believes her son’s troubles may have started years ago, citing one night when he called her in a panic.
“He filed a police report because he said that Buck had held him in his apartment or whatever and had shot him up with a needle with something he didn’t know what it was,” Nixon said.
“He called me crying. Three minutes on the phone hollering and I’m like ‘What the hell is going on?’” Nixon said. “He said ‘This man, he shot me up with something I don’t even know what it is,’ and I’m like, my son is having a breakdown or episode. But he sent me pictures of his arm, his arm was red.”
The WeHo Times said it was unable to access a police report to corroborate the previous incident.
In 2015, Buck donated $2,700 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In 2016, he gave $250.
Photographs found on Buck’s Facebook page show him pictured with high-profile California politicians, including Governor Jerry Brown, the Daily Mail reported.