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Detroit Man Charged With Triple LGBTQ Killings

Robinson allegedly killed two gay men and a transgender woman.

June 06, 2019 - 7:46 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -- A Detroit man has been charged with the killing of three members of Detroit's LGBTQ community, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday.

Devon Robinson, 18, is facing 10 total charges, including three counts of first-degree murder, in connection with the murders of Alunte Davis, 21, Timothy Blancher, 20, and Paris Cameron, 20. Davis and Blancher were gay men and Cameron was a transgender woman, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors allege that Robinson shot and killed all three of them on May 25 inside a home on Devonshire Road on Detroit's east side. Robinson also allegedly shot two additional victims, who have both survived their injuries.

Robinson was arrested on Wednesday after Detroit police investigated for more than a week. The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the Fair Michigan Justice Project, which is a collaboration between the Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan Foundation, Inc. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.  

In addition the the first-degree murder charges, Robinson is also facing two counts of assault with intent to murder and five counts of the use of a firearm in connection with a felony. He is expected to be be arraigned Friday in 36th District Court.

"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," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a press release Thursday. 

Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire spoke out against the alleged killer. 

"This case illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community, including transgender women of color," 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."