Nikki Nicholas

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October 1, 1983 – February 21, 2003

Southfield resident Nikki Nicholas, an entertainer in Detroit gay bars, was found slain at age 19 in what the Triangle Foundation identified as an anti-trans hate crime in an abandoned house in Green Oak Township.  The Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project held a candlelight vigil in her memory and the National Association for the Advancement of Transgender People later marched in Lansing in her honor.

Between The Lines, March 6, 2003

The Final Assault on Nikki

Kenny Heron

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May 10, 1967 – September 27, 2000

Kenneth Ian “Kenny” Heron was a lifelong Detroit resident and worked for the Michigan Humane Society.  He also served for nearly five years as the popular Wednesday night DJ at Off Broadway East.  At age 33, Heron was shot and killed in an attempted carjacking on the city’s west side.

Between The Lines, October 5, 2000

Francine Malindzak

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April 5, 1957 – September 28, 2004

Francine Louise Malindzak was a star athlete at Gaylord High School and Northern Michigan University in hockey and skiing.  She was later employed with plant operations at the NMU library and in the 1990s was co-publisher of the Aurora newsletter, which connected lesbian and gay residents across the Upper Peninsula.  Malindzak was murdered at age 47 by a jealous male neighbor of the woman she was dating.

Gaylord Herald Times, October 2, 2004

Francine Malindzak at Le Chrysalis Remembers

Shannon Holihan

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December 10, 1966 – May 30, 1998

Flint resident Shannon Daniel Holihan attended Grand Blanc High School, was employed as a computer programmer for the Kmart corporation in Troy, and cared for his mother.  Holihan was murdered at age 31 after leaving the parking lot of the State Bar, his body found bludgeoned in the head behind a nearby restaurant.

Between The Lines, June 11, 1998

Bruce Dettloff

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August 6, 1940 – December 29, 1990

Bruce Dettloff started his gay bar career as a waiter at the Conquest Lounge in Detroit, rising to the position of manager and rechristening it Blue Boy.  In 1975, he opened the Gold Coast Saloon and later operated Applause.  He also helped establish the BTI Bowling League and was co-founder of the Detroit Bar Guild.  Dettloff was shot and killed at his home at age 50.

Cruise, January 9, 1991

Ten Percent, January 15-28, 1991

Harold McCormick

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January 4, 1934 – May 9, 1999

Civil rights activist Harold McCormick was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1962.  After moving to Metro Detroit, he was engaged in social work and became CEO of Quality Human Services.  McCormick led a largely closeted life until he was found murdered in his Royal Oak Township apartment, the victim of a man he met at an adult book store.

Detroit Free Press, May 13, 1999

Between The Lines, June 10, 1999

Between The Lines, July 1, 1999

Tara Kelley

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January 12, 1966 – October 25, 2019

Tara Louise Kelley was born in Flint, graduated from Bentley High School in Burton, and served six years in the U.S. Navy.  She later earned her Bachelor’s at the University of Michigan-Flint, served in the National Guard, and for 19 years worked as a corrections officer with the State of Michigan.  Kelley and her longtime partner Angelina Winn were found dead in their Kingsley home in a tragic murder-suicide.

Sharp Funeral Homes

Traverse City Record-Eagle, December 4, 2019

Angelina Winn

 

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January 11, 1970 – October 25, 2019

Angelina Marie Winn graduated with the class of 1988 from St. Francis High School in Traverse City.  After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she went on to have a 20-year career as a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections.  Winn and her longtime partner Tara Kelley were found dead in their Kingsley home in a tragic murder-suicide.

Covell Funeral Home

Traverse City Record-Eagle, December 4, 2019

Scott Amedure

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January 26, 1963 – March 9, 1995

Scott Bernard Amedure moved to Waterford from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was five, left high school at 17 to join the U.S. Army, and later worked as a bartender at Popper’s in Pontiac.  In March 1995, two days after Amedure revealed his secret crush on his straight acquaintance Jonathan Schmitz during a taping of the Jenny Jones Show, Schmitz murdered him in his Orion Township mobile home.

Between The Lines, April 1995

Find-A-Grave

Chuck Darr

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March 4, 1935 – August 4, 2007

Born in Greenleaf Township in rural Sanilac County, Charles Henry “Chuck” Darr grew up on a farm, later moved to Saginaw, and worked at Marlette Homes.  He volunteered with Green House Gathering Place and the local LGBT community group Perceptions.  In 2007, he was beaten to death at age 69 by a former renter.  Darr was preceded in death by his longtime lover William Harper.

Between The Lines, August 16, 2007

Between The Lines, September 6, 2007