Friday, February 15, 2008

Black Teacher John Afred Dennis Murdered

The Bay Area Reporter (BAR), a San Francisco gay community newspaper, is reporting that a college teacher from Oakland who was found dead in a car in San Mateo County was gay, the Bay Area Reporter has learned from people who knew him. Friends recalled John Alfred Dennis Jr. as someone who worked hard to ensure students' success, and expressed devastation at his death.

Oakland Police Officer Roland Holmgren told the B.A.R. Wednesday that Troy Thomas, 43, was arrested in connection with the murder of Dennis and that police will present the case to the district attorney's office.

In an e-mail, Holmgren wrote that Oakland homicide investigators interviewed Thomas and that he confessed to killing Dennis, 59. An autopsy conducted by the San Mateo County Coroner's office revealed that Dennis died due to a gunshot wound, according to Holmgren.

The incident became known when San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Keith O'Dell was on routine patrol and came upon a car in the parking lot of Montara State Beach at about 11 p.m. Saturday, February 9.

The beach was closed at the time, and the car was alone in the lot, according to Lieutenant Marc Alcantara, press information officer for the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. The beach is in an unincorporated section of the county.

As O'Dell approached the person in the driver's seat, he noticed an arm protruding from underneath a cover in the back seat, Alcantara said. O'Dell called for backup and additional sheriff's deputies responded, as well as emergency medical service personnel, among others.
Dennis was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcantara said there was blood on Dennis's arm.

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