Community marks 2nd anniversary of Gemmel Moore's death; renew efforts to prosecute Ed Buck

The family and friends of Gemmel Moore marked the second anniversary of his death by gathering outside the apartment of prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck Saturday afternoon.

They are calling on Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to prosecute Buck for his alleged involvement in Moore's death.

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Moore was found dead of a crystal meth overdose in Buck's home on July 27, 2017, according to contact, and following an investigation by the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau, Lacey declined to file charges against Buck in connection to Moore's death.

His death was classified as an accidental methamphetamine overdose by the coroner. But 19 days after Moore's journal was published the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's homicide bureau opened an investigation.

In his diary Moore wrote, "I've become addicted to drugs and the worst one at that... Ed Buck is the one to thank."

In July of 2018 the District Attorney's office declined to file charges against Buck, citing insufficient evidence.

However, six months later 55-year-old Timothy Dean was found dead in Buck's home from a methamphetamine overdose. A wrongful death civil lawsuit was filed against Buck by Moore's mother LaTisha Nixon.

There is still an open homicide investigation relating to Dean's death. There's a renewed call for justice that is being directed to the district.

"We're going to do our best to prevent another victim, or even a fourth," said one man during the vigil.