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Motive Still a Mystery in Houston Gay Chat Room Murder Case


Two weeks ago I posted about the murder of Spencer Vogt, a gay 19-year-old from Katy, Texas, who was shot by a 19-year-old stranger, Lee Carl Banks III, he met in a gay chat room. The motive is still unknown, the Houston Chronicle reports:

"Both Vogt and Banks were openly gay and both were young when their fathers died. Vogt embraced his homosexuality, describing himself on his MySpace page as “gay and proud” and posting provocative self-portraits. Banks also was fond of posting self-portraits on his MySpace page, though his pictures were less racy — sometimes showcasing his new clothes, expensive suits or new Air Jordan shoes. Fort Bend County sheriff’s investigators and Texas Rangers don’t yet know which man initiated contact with the other. Police believe Vogt was killed on the men’s second date at the apartment Banks shares with his mother in the 3300 block of Yellowstone. Banks first told police Vogt found his gun in his room and they struggled, which caused the gun to fire, striking Vogt in the head."

Banks has given the police conflicting reasons for the shooting, including theft of Vogt's vehicle, which he was driving in northwest Georgia at the time of his arrest.

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  1. So I checked out his myspace because I'm that bored right now...he looks like a lot of fun, lil crazy but full of life none the less.. I feel sorry for his friends and family, I'm sure they miss him a lot.

    Posted by: Ford | Apr 15, 2009 1:17:28 PM

  2. You know, sometimes there just isn't a motive. I know family and friends and police want some nice, tidy reason why people die needlessly. I'm beginning to think that so many people are crazy, angry, bored, selfish or just pathological.

    I feel sorry for Spencer Vogt and his family. 19 is just too young to die.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Apr 15, 2009 1:29:15 PM

  3. i looked his name on line and found this. hope ti helps

    Posted by: KB | Apr 15, 2009 2:08:07 PM

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