Fire Intentionally Set at Dallas LGBT Community Center

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Dallas firefighters said someone intentionally started a two-alarm fire at the LGBT resource center in South Dallas. Firefighters said they responded to a call about the fire at the center in the 1800 block of Peabody Avenue at about 6 a.m. Friday where they extinguished the fire within an hour with no injuries.

Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the local NBC News affiliate that investigators determined the fire to be arson-related.

“The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature, and was set at some point at the rear of the building,” he said.
The facility is operated by Abounding Prosperity, Inc. Representatives for the organization said the facility is heavily damaged, and that will affect the services that they can offer to people in the community. Services included HIV testing and resources.
No further details have been released.

Dallas Fire-Rescue investigators asked anyone with information about the incident to call them at 214-670-4312. Continue reading “Fire Intentionally Set at Dallas LGBT Community Center”

Dallas LGBT Church Staffer Found Dead, Duct Taped

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An office manager at Cathedral of Hope in Dallas was found dead in his bed earlier this weekend. An autopsy ruled his death a homicide due to suffocation and asphyxiation from duct tape wrapped over his mouth and nose. The man accused is someone he met online who later returned to the crime scene in a U-Haul.

Robert Lee Covington, who went by his middle name Lee, worked as executive assistant to the senior pastor and office manager at Cathedral of Hope, one of the nation’s largest LGBT churches. On July 7, Dallas police responded to a call for 3016 Mahanna Springs Drive regarding the death of Covington. The 54-year-old was found by a friend inside his locked residence.

DPD determined several items including a Rolex watch were missing from the scene. Detectives also spoke with neighbors who reported seeing a suspicious man walking in the neighborhood after returning to the scene of the crime in a U-Haul. The neighbors were able to capture a license plate from the vehicle associated with the suspicious male. Continue reading “Dallas LGBT Church Staffer Found Dead, Duct Taped”