Leon County grand jury to review case of slain LGBTQ+ advocate

A Leon County grand jury will be reviewing the homicide case investigation into the death of a prominent LGBTQ+ advocate, the Tallahassee Police Department announced on Thursday.

Jorge “George” Diaz-Johnston, a doctorate student at Florida State University, was reported missing on Jan. 3. He turned up dead on Jan. 8 in a landfill in Jackson County, police said. He was 54.

Diaz-Johnston and his partner sued the Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts for the right to get married and won in 2015. The couple got separated last year.

Diaz-Johnston was the brother of former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and the uncle of Manny Diaz, the former coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes.

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Detectives are investigating the death of Jorge Diaz-Johnston, who took on Florida’s anti-gay marriage ban and won a landmark same-sex marriage case in Miami-Dade County.

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