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DC Gay Man’s Death Ruled A Homicide

Jim Burroway

September 21st, 2011

Earlier reports that a Gaurav Gopalan, a Washington, D.C., man who was found dead September 10 while dressed in drag, died of natural causes appears to be wrong. The district’s Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide with the cause of death being blunt force trauma to the head.

Washington has seen a rash of shootings and attacks against transgender people, with four people shot since July and more than a dozen attacks against transgender women in the district this year. One woman died from the shootings. While Gopalan wasn’t transgender, his attack certainly fits the bill for an attack against gender variance.

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daftpunkydavid
September 21st, 2011 | LINK

i’m sorry, the same word appears twice, so do you actually mean homOcide, or are you instead referring to homIcide?

Eric Payne
September 22nd, 2011 | LINK

What coroner initially confused “natural causes” with “blunt force trauma to the head”???

Is there a coroner in Washington, DC, who believes a death caused by blunt force trauma to the head is the same as dying from natural causes, if the decedent is gay?

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