Friday, June 13, 2008

Was Jeremy Waggoner Victim of Hate Crime?

Daily Tribune [Detroit]: Hairdresser found dead
This story is haunting me this morning. What happened to Jeremy Waggoner? I'm not the only one wondering if this brutal murder may have been a hate crime. From "Does anyone know what happened to Jeremy Waggoner?" You can see a video at this site.

Update 10:45 am: "JohnBerk" at DiscussDetroit writes

"Just received this e-mail:"

"A gay man has been murdered in the Detroit area and Triangle Foundation needs your help to solve this crime and bring justice for him and his family.

Jeremy Waggoner, a 37-year-old Detroit resident, was murdered early this week. Jeremy, a stylist at the Michael Angelo Salon in Royal Oak, was well-known and deeply loved.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, Jeremy Waggoner’s body was found in a grassy field on Detroit’s eastside. He was brutally bludgeoned and possibly stabbed. Police are not sure whether Jeremy was killed in the grassy field or at another location and his body then dropped off. Few details of the murder, including the possible motive, are known at this time. His green 1997 Mazda MPV has not been found. If anyone has information about the murder of Jeremy Waggoner, please contact Melissa Pope at 313-909-3634 or via e-mail at All calls are confidential.

UPDATE Sat, Jun 14:

- "Information sought in the murder of Jeremy Waggoner in Detroit" - Mark

- "Gay American Heroes Foundation: Gay man murdered in Detroit" - [Miami Herald]

- Seen today at

Gay Murder in Detroit, Jermey Waggoner
37 year-old openly gay hairdresser,
suffered violent death June 10, 2008.

Another HERO to be remembered on the
Gay American Heroes National Memorial?
Police have not at this point, classified this
as a hate crime, but through our experience
in these cases we believe it has the distinct
signs of a hate crime!

- "Gay man in Detroit murdered" -


discoqueenvr said...

I worked with Jeremy at Micheal Angelos Salon for over a year, he was always fun to be around. He made me laugh and still is the only stylist that can style my curly hair! I think that everyone is wanting an explanation why and how this happened. I pray to god that they find the horrible human being, if you can call him that, who did this to him! It is still hard to face the reality that he is gone. You hear about these types of horror stories happening all over the world but you never expect it to hit home. It really makes you grab hold of the ones you love. All those little petty fights dont matter anymore when something as tragic as this can happen to anyone at anytime. Life is so fragile. I wouldnt be surprised if this was a hate crime. I will miss Jeremy and his family are in my prayers.

Jude Nagurney Camwell said...

Thanks for your comment, discoqueenvr. I am so very sorry for your loss...for Bob's loss...for your community's loss. I didn't know Jeremy, but I can see by personal testimony from those who knew him well that he was a caring, talented, tender-hearted and loving person. You do him great honor by giving your own thoughts here. Thank you again.

- Jude

southcarolinagirl said...

I live 950 miles away from Detroit and am a client of Jeremy's. I have traveled up to Royal Oak from South Carolina every 6 months for about 3 years to have Jeremy style my hair. If this does not say what kind of a person Jeremy was I don't know what will. He was always dependable, caring, kind and extremely talented. I am deeply disturbed by this horrific ending to his life. I will greatly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.