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April 21, 2010

Slain D.C. middle school principal was gay


Lou Chibbaro, honored last evening with a GLAA Distinguished Service Award, reports in DC Agenda:

Brian Betts, the highly acclaimed D.C. middle school principal who was found shot to death April 15 at his home in Silver Spring, Md., was out as a gay man to a circle of friends and D.C. public school system colleagues, multiple sources have told the D.C. Agenda.

Montgomery County police said they discovered Betts’ fully clothed body in a second floor bedroom in his house along the 9300 block of Columbia Boulevard in Silver Spring. Police noted there were no signs of a forced entry into the house, leading them to believe that Betts, 42, invited his killer or killers inside.

Police spokesperson Sgt. C. Thomas Jordan said he could not comment on whether Betts’ murder was related to the slain principal’s sexual orientation, saying only that homicide detectives were investigating all possible angles of the case to identify a suspect or suspects.

“I know our investigators are talking to everyone they know of to get to the bottom of the case,” he said. “We are going to investigate every avenue. Our role is to solve a homicide.”

(Photo of Brian Betts by Bel Perez Gabilondo, courtesy DCPS)


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A bit strange that the police released this news. Are we still in an age where a person's sexual orientation is considered significant, even without evidence?

Regardless, let's hope they catch this guy.

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