NCAVP mourns the death of Bobby Scott, 63-year-old white gay man in DeLand, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Bobby Scott, a 63-year-old white gay man who was murdered on January 17 in DeLand, FL. A manager of a Daytona Beach restaurant, Bobby was lured to meet with his assailant Michael Harris via a gay hookup app. Police report that Michael had a history of posing as a sex worker to rob or blackmail men and Bobby was one of his victims, but in this case the interaction ended in his murder.

Bobby was married and in an open relationship – it was his husband who reported him missing when he did not return for a full day after meeting Michael. Police pieced together Bobby’s disappearance and the attack by tracking his car via GPS, which was in Michael’s possession at the time. Along with Bobby’s murder, investigators have said it is likely he will face charges for carjacking as well.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.