Man arrested in murders of Black Pride attendees

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A 22-year-old convicted felon was arrested on Monday and charged in the shooting deaths of two men in September 2010 just hours after they attended Black Gay Pride events in Atlanta.

Derrick Dnorris Burden (photo) was arrested 10 days after an Atlanta police detective filed a warrant for his arrest. A fugitive squad arrested him on Monday, Atlanta police said. Burden faces nine charges, including felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He remains in the Fulton County Jail.

Burden is charged in the Sept. 5, 2010 murders of Samuel Blizzard Jr. and Calvin Streater, who were found shot to death in a southeast Atlanta apartment. Police have said the victims knew their killer but did not know if sexual orientation played a role in the homicides. Police did not say what led them to Burden.

In April 2011, Atlanta police released a sketch of a suspect and offered a $2,000 reward for information in the case.

The bodies of Blizzard, a 21-year-old Georgia State University student from Virginia, and Streater, a 26-year-old Atlanta resident, were found by a friend shortly about 10:30 p.m.

The killings came 10 days after Durand Robinson, who co-owned the black gay nightclub and party promoters Traxx and sponsored several Black Pride events, was gunned down and killed on a southwest Atlanta street. In April 2011, police canvassed the area where Robinson was killed in search of additional details about the crime. No arrest has been made in the case.


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