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Gay Man Killed in Indianapolis Home Fire Family Says May Have Been a Hate Crime: VIDEO


Arson and homicide detectives are investigating the cause of a house fire which killed 27-year-old Bryant Steele, an Indianapolis man, early Sunday morning.

Watch a WISH-TV report, AFTER THE JUMP...

While the WISH TV report makes no specific mention that he was gay, family members tell news crews it's suspicious "because of who he is".

A WBIW report has more specifics:

Firefighters had the blaze out in about 15 minutes. That is when they found 27-year-oold Bryant Steele dead inside. Firefighters say they located Steele's body in a bed in the living room. That is when homicide detectives were called to the scene. Family members say Steele was openly gay and that they believe the fire may have been a hate crime. Police say they believe foul place was involved and the case is under investigation.

Family releases name of man found dead after fire


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  1. Unfortunate, regardless of the intent. Hopefully more info will be known soon.

    The WBIW report has WAY too many errors for me to take it serious. Terrible.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 1, 2012 9:16:03 AM

  2. I'll suspect that foul play was also involved in the foul place.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 1, 2012 10:38:55 AM

  3. It sounds like murder. A 27 year who is able bodied and sleeping on the ground floor should have no problem getting out of the house unless he's already dead. I think the fire was set to destroy evidence.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Oct 1, 2012 1:47:08 PM

  4. It sounds like the case of a black gay man who hung himself after stabbing himself 100 times and shooting himself five times in the head with a shotgun and the police said it was just another suicide.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 1, 2012 5:41:53 PM

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