Gay rights activist Diaz-Johnston, pictured, was found dead in a landfill in Florida
A missing gay rights activist and brother of former Miami mayor Manny Diaz was found dead in a Florida landfill on Saturday, and officials are investigating the death as a homicide.
George Diaz-Johnston, 54, the brother of the mayor of Miami from 2001 to 2009 who had been missing since January 3, was discovered in a garbage dump at a landfill in Baker, Florida, which is about 60 miles east. alabama Seema, Tallahassee Police made the announcement on Wednesday.
“I deeply appreciate the support shown to me, my brother-in-law Don and my family after losing my brother, George Diaz-Johnston,” the 68-year-old former mayor Diaz wrote of his brother.
‘My brother was such a special gift to this world whose heart and legacy will live on for generations to come.’
Diaz-Johnston’s body was found on the same day a missing report was filed by the family concerned.
No arrests have been made as of Saturday morning, and police said the investigation is ongoing.
Diaz-Johnston was married to her husband of 51 years, Don Diaz-Johnston, since March 2015. They were among five other same-sex couples who sued the Miami-Dade County Clerk’s office in 2014 after they were denied the ability to marry. ,
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Pictured: A landfill in Baker, Florida, about 60 miles east of the Alabama border where George Diaz-Johnston, brother of the former Miami mayor, was discovered in a garbage dump
54-year-old George Diaz-Johnston was found dead in a landfill in Florida on Friday. She and her husband Don (left) are pictured waiting to speak to the media and supporters after a court hearing on gay marriage in 2014
Former Miami mayor Manny Diaz, pictured, speaks while introducing former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, brother to kill Diaz-Johnston.
Diaz wrote of her brother, ‘I deeply appreciate the support shown to me, my brother-in-law Don and my family after the loss of my brother, George Diaz-Johnston.
Don wrote, ‘I have no words for the loss of my dear husband George Isaias Diaz-Johnston.
‘I can’t stop crying while trying to write this. But he meant as much to all of you as he did to me. That’s why I am fighting back tears so that we can share his loss with you.’
The couple got married shortly after winning the high-profile court case in March 2015.
George Diaz-Johnston said, ‘For us, it’s not just a question of love and wanting to express our love and that everyone in the state has benefits, but it’s an issue of equality, and it’s a civil rights issue. Is. At the time, according to NBC Miami.
She was married to her husband Don Diaz-Johnston, 51, since March 2015.
They were among five other same-sex couples who filed suit in 2014 after being denied their ability to marry at the Miami-Dade County Clerk’s office.
Pictured: Diaz-Johnston and her husband, Don
Miami’s current mayor, Daniela Levin Cava, praised Diaz-Johnston for her advocacy role for LGBTQ rights in the city.
He tweeted, ‘At George Diaz-Johnston, we have lost a champion, a leader and a fighter for our LGBTQ community.
‘His tragic loss will be deeply felt by all who loved him, as we honor his life and legacy.’
Elizabeth Schwartz, who represented six couples in the case, noted how hard they both struggled to get married, only for it to end in tragedy.
Schwartz said, ‘They fought so hard to establish their love and be able to enjoy the institution of marriage and to end the marriage like this – in this gruesome, heartbreaking way – there are no words.