Atlanta police hope a new tip in the year-old slaying of Durand Robinson – an owner of popular gay club Traxx and an organizer of Black Gay Pride – will finally be the break that leads them to his killer.
With the anniversary of the killing looming – Robinson (second photo) was shot once in the chest and found dead on a southwest Atlanta street on Aug. 25, 2010 – police hint that they have new leads in the killing, according to Fox 5.
Atlanta police say they have promising leads in the year-old murder of a gay pride organizer.
Detectives had reached a dead end in the murder of Durand Robinson until they say a new tip recently came in.
Robinson’s friends and family are hoping it will be the information that finally leads to his killer.
Francis Kelly is trying to make it in the Music Industry without his loyal mentor. He’s even written a song about Robinson. It’s been a year since the popular gay pride organizer was gunned down in southwest Atlanta.
“We’re gonna have a pride event every year, but it’s not gonna be the same without him,” Kelly said. “His legacy is all about him giving back to the community and everybody remembering who he is. There’s not going to be another Durand.”
Police have said they believe Robinson was killed in an attempted robbery by someone he knew. His body was found in the middle of Hadlock Street and the suspect stole Robinson’s truck and drove it a short distance before crashing just a few miles away in East Point.
Family and friends of Robinson have said he was not gay. Major Keith Meadows, commander of the Atlanta police’s Major Crimes Section, has said Robinson’s sexual orientation did not play a role in the shooting but has not commented about the relationship police believe Robinson had with his killer.
UPDATE: An Atlanta police spokesperson told Project Q Atlanta on Wednesday that the agency has nothing new about the case to discuss publicly.
“We are vigorously investigating this case and hope to eventually make an arrest. We have no new information to release right now,” says Carlos Campos, a police spokesperson.