Jasmyne Cannick, from left, Dane Brown, LaTisha Nixon, the mother of Gemmel Moore, and Viliz Murray, Nixon’s friend, depart the Los Angeles federal courthouse after Ed Buck’s conviction. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Wow! What a week! We did it. The jury took just four and a half hours to find Ed Buck GUILTY on all nine counts Tuesday. When we started this journey, a conviction was hard to see when we couldn’t even get Ed Buck arrested after Gemmel Moore’s death. Over the course of the last four years, you have stood with us and the families of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, and Ed Buck’s surviving victims. THANK YOU. We could not have done it without you. We also could not have done it without our small but dedicated team. We were truly David going up against Goliath. Jerome, Cory, Marcus, Mark, and Sammy--thank you for never giving up and pushing us forward towards justice for Gemmel, Timothy, and all of Ed Buck’s victims. We are thankful to the families of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean and Ed Buck’s surviving victims for entrusting us with fighting for their justice. But the work isn’t done. We have to ensure that Judge Christina Snyder sentences Buck to all of the years he’s eligible for so that he never gets out of prison to harm another person. Our FEARLESS attorneys Nana Gyamfi and Hussain Turk are moving forward with the wrongful death civil lawsuits on behalf of the families of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. And Jasmyne Cannick continues to call out the politicians who continue to ignore Ed Buck and his victims. There’s still so much work to do.
Thank you for your support and we will keep you posted on the next steps with Ed Buck’s sentencing and where you can send letters to the Court requesting that Buck receive the maximum sentence. But for now, we want you to join us in reveling in the fact that we did that. We gave the families of Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean, and Ed Buck's surviving victims closure. We, as a collective community, have sent one of America’s worst serial predators who preyed on vulnerable homeless Black gay men and others--to prison. We have also sent a message to all of the other Ed Buck’s that you too can go to prison. But perhaps most importantly, in the words of Jasmyne Cannick, we showed that the lives of all Black gay men matter.
Justice 4 Gemmel and All of Ed Buck's Victims