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UPDATED: Gay nightclub owner’s killing raises questions about sexual orientation

Durand Robinson was managing partner of a black gay nightclub and an organizer of events for Black Gay Pride. But was Robinson, who was shot to death Wednesday, gay?

As news of Robinson’s death spread, many who didn’t know him assumed from his work that he must be gay. His brother, however, says Robinson was planning to marry a girlfriend. And Robinson’s close friends and coworkers at Traxx, the popular black gay nightclub, say Robinson never discussed a girlfriend or being gay with them.

Speculation about Robinson’s sexual orientation is taking away from the real situation — a loving man was killed and police need to find the suspect, said Phillip Boone, Robinson’s business partner.

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DeKalb spokesperson defends Atlanta man shot in New Jersey gay cruising park

Credit Union of Atlanta CEO Dean Gaymon

The CEO for the Credit Union of Atlanta who was shot and killed by an undercover police officer in a known gay cruising spot in New Jersey on July 16 is being defended by DeKalb County’s chief communications officer.

In a letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday, Shelia Edwards, spokesperson for CEO Burrell Ellis, said DeFarra “Dean” Gaymon was “murdered.” No criminal charges have been filed yet in the case. Edwards also said she has volunteered to represent Gaymon’s family.