North Carolina Man Who Was Beaten, Robbed, Set on Fire By Man He Met At Bar Dies

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Stephen Patrick White, the Army veteran who was savagely attacked and burned by a man he met at a gay bar last weekend, has died in the hospital as a result of his injuries, The Jamestown Sun reports.

WhiteWhite had met Garry Joseph Gupton at Chemistry Nightclub, a gay bar
in Greensboro, and the two proceeded to leave the bar and travel to a
hotel early Sunday morning. At around 4:30 am, an employee at the hotel
called 911 after he heard screaming and a fire alarm go off. Qnotes reports White
was found naked, robbed and beaten – with burn injuries on over 52
percent of his body. White remained in critical condition until he died
of the injuries yesterday.

GuptonGupton,
a crew member in the city of Greensboro’s Water Resources Department,
is being held on a $250,000 bond and charged with assault with a deadly
weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Authorities say he
will now be charged with first-degree murder but not a hate crime, according to Qnotes:

“He (Gupton) never verbalized to us that he intended to kill
somebody,” said Susan Danielsen, a Greensboro police spokeswoman,
according to N.C. Policy Watch. “There’s absolutely no evidence to
indicate that this is a hate crime.”

She added: “We’re not sure what caused Mr. Gupton to act so violently. This is not a crime motivated by hate.”

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