19-Year-Old Detroit Man Convicted In Triple LGBTQ Killings

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March 19, 2020 - 8:00 am

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DETROIT (WWJ) - While most of the world has been focused on coronavirus lately, a 19-year-old Detroit man has been brought to justice for shooting and killing three people because they were part of the LGBTQ community.

Devon Robinson on Tuesday was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder, and felony firearm in the deaths of 21-year-old Alunte Davis and 20-year-olds Timothy Blancher and Paris Cameron. 

Investigators say Robinson committed the murders over the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year following a party attended by about 15 people. Prosecutors say the victims were targeted because of their sexual orientation. Davis and Blancher were gay men and Cameron was a transgender woman, according to prosecutors. 

Police said the murders happened around 5 a.m. on May 25 at a home in the 3400 block of Devonshire Road, near Mack Avenue just west of Outer Drive on the city's east side. Robinson also allegedly shot two additional victims, who both survived their injuries. Robinson was arrested June 5 after a Detroit police investigation. 

When the charges were announced, Fair Michigan President Alanna Maguire said the case "illustrates the mortal danger faced by members of Detroit's LGBTQ community."

Robinson faces mandatory life in prison without parole when he's sentenced on April 13.