20-year-old suspect held without bail in gay Brownsville museum director's murder

Ernest Ivan Martinez, 20, was ordered held without bail Wednesday in the murder of 59-year-old Brownsville museum director Barry Horn, who was openly gay. Some media outlets have been reporting that Martinez and Horn were lovers until a falling out prior to Horn’s murder, but one of Horn’s associates denies that. Will Everett, who reportedly was Horn’s “right hand man” at the Brownsville Museum of Art, tells The San Antonio Express-News that Martinez had a troubled background and that Horn saw the young man as someone he could mentor:

Everett said he was angry that the killing has been characterized as the result of a love spat.

“The kid was one of many young men that Horn had taken a paternal interest in,” Everett said. “He made it very clear that he did not have any sexual expectations from Ivan. … He was trying to expose him to a better life, help him out a little bit.”

Everett said he was questioned for hours by police who refused to believe the relationship wasn’t sexual. Police spokesman Jimmy Manrrique said he could not comment.

“This is South Texas,” Everett said. “As soon as you say, ‘gay older man, younger man,’ and the younger man is a little on the cute side, the cops just, that’s just it. They don’t see anything else.”

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Police arrest 19-year-old 'person of interest' in Brownsville museum director's murder

Ernesto Ivan Martinez
Ernesto Ivan Martinez (ValleyCentral.com)

Barry Horn

Barry Horn (ValleyCentral.com)

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who’s been identified as a “person of interest” in the murder of Brownsville museum director Barry Horn, The Brownsville Herald reports. Ernesto Ivan Martinez previously lived with the 59-year-old Horn and they are believed to have been lovers until a recent falling out, according to Action 4 News (Valley Central.com). Horn was found stabbed to death at his Brownsville home over the weekend, and police say there were signs of a struggle. Horn’s vehicle and other personal items were missing from the home. Martinez was taken into custody on Monday by border patrol officers at the B&M International Bridge. He is currently charged with felony auto theft. Horn was the executive director of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, and a scholarship has been established in his name at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, where he worked for many years.sekspotelefonu.infoпроверка позиций сайта

—  John Wright