CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police have released the identity of a man found dead inside his residence in the 700 block of Chinaberry Drive on Friday afternoon.
Police responded just before 3:30 p.m. to check the welfare of a man who had not been seen in several weeks.
Officers attempted to make contact with the man and were initially unsuccessful. Upon making entry to his residence, officers located the man, who was confirmed deceased by EMS personnel.
Through investigation, police identified 67-year-old Bruce M. Garnett as the victim of a homicide. Police believe Garnett was deceased in his residence for several weeks before his remains were located.
Back in the 1970s, Garnett was the first openly gay man to lobby the General Assembly.
Gay rights advocate Bill Harrison remembers Garnett well.
“Many of the freedoms that LGBT people celebrate today were made possible because of people such as Bruce Garnett who had the courageousness to speak out when it was very dangerous to do so,” Bill Harrison said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy over the weekend and established that Garnett had been stabbed to death.
Police continue their investigation into this incident. Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or http://www.crimesolvers.net.
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