In the second case of homicide against a gay man in three day, 28-year-old Anthony Brock and 30-year-old Darnell Wilson have been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the killing of Diano Johnson.
On June 19, Brock arranged to meet Diano Johnson after the two men met on Facebook. Prosecutors say it is alleged that Brock locked Johnson in the trunk of the victim’s car and drove to pick up Wilson. The two suspects then allegedly got a firearm, drove to the city’s east side with Johsnon still in the truck of his own car, where they dragged him from the car and shot him multiple times.
The next morning, Brock allegedly set Johnson’s car on fire, burning his legs in the process, prosecutors say.
Detroit Police officers discovered Johnson’s body on June 21. An investigation by the Detroit Police Department resulted in the arrest of Brock on June 25, 2019 and Wilson on July 12, 2019.
Brock and Wilson were charged with one count each of first degree murder, felony murder, armed robbery, carjacking, unlawful imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm, and six counts of use of a firearm.
In both cases the murders were planned and executed using social media.
Due to the rise of hate crimes against the community Back2Stonewall advises anyone using social media to “hook-up” to always plan to meet in a public place like a bar or a restaurant first where you can be seen by others and talk before anything else occurs.
PLEASE be diligent and aware of your surroundings and the people you meetup with for your own safety.