Florida gay rights activist found dead in a landfill


A Florida gay rights activist was found dead in a landfill and the case is at the moment being investigated as a murder, authorities mentioned.

Jorge Diaz-Johnston, 54, was found in a trash heap the morning of Jan. 8 in Baker, Florida, about 60 miles from the Alabama border, Tallahassee police mentioned.

“At this time the Tallahassee Police Department is investigating Diaz-Johnston’s death as a homicide,” police mentioned Wednesday.

Diaz-Johnston was final seen alive on Jan. 3. in Tallahassee, police mentioned. No additional particulars have been offered by authorities concerning the circumstances of his disappearance.

The activist and his husband Don had been one of many unique {couples} to file go well with towards the Miami-Dade County clerk’s workplace after they have been denied a marriage license. They in the end received the appropriate to marry in 2014 — greater than a 12 months earlier than a Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage authorized nationwide, NBC News reported.

“There are just no words for the loss of my beloved husband Jorge Isaias Diaz-Johnston. I can’t stop crying as I try and write this. But he meant so much to all of you as he did to me. So I am fighting through the tears to share with you our loss of him,” Don Diaz Johnston mentioned in a Facebook post.

The body was found in a trash heap on Jan. 8.
The physique was found in a trash heap on Jan. 8.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Diaz-Johnston can also be survived by his brother, the previous Miami mayor Manny Diaz.

“I am profoundly appreciative of the outpouring of support shown to me, my brother-in-law Don, and my family after the loss of my brother, Jorge Diaz-Johnston. My brother was such a special gift to this world whose heart and legacy will continue to live on for generations to come,” Diaz said in a statement.

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