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NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Man Dies After Being Set On Fire By Nightclub Hook-Up

There is a sad follow-up to the crime reported here last week. Via the Associated Press:
An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died Saturday afternoon, nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, police and his partner said. Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, authorities said. Greensboro Police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen confirmed the death when contacted by The Associated Press. She said a 26-year-old man, Garry Joseph Gupton, has now been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the beating last Sunday. A Greensboro city employee, Gupton had initially been charged with aggravated assault with intent to kill, according to police. Danielsen has said there was no indication the incident was motivated by the sexuality of the victim. "We believe this was a consensual encounter between the two of them, and at some point Mr. Gupton began acting incredibly irrational," Danielsen had said recently.
The alleged killer remains jailed without bond.

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