Former Fort Worth man killed in Miami


Steve Dutton, left, and his husband, Tom Lang. Lang died Sept. 10 after an altercation with a homeless man on a Miami street three days earlier.

Victim was married to former
Samaritan House CEO Steve Dutton


David Taffet  |  Senior Staff Writer

Murder suspect Evans Celestin (photo courtesy Miami Dade Corrections)

A homeless man in Miami has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Tom Lang, 71, husband of former Samaritan House CEO Steve Dutton.

Police arrested Evans Celestin, 38, and charged him with battery on a person 65 or older, felony battery and drug possession after Lang was injured in a confrontation between the two men. The charge was elevated to second degree murder several days later after Lang died.

Celestin is being held without bail.

The confrontation happened Wednesday, Sept. 7, as Dutton and Lang were walking across the street in downtown Miami. Dutton told police he had seen Celestin causing disturbances downtown on several occasions, and when he saw him again that day, he took a picture of him to give to police. Dutton said Celestin saw him take the photo and crossed the street to confront him and Lang. He said Celestin walked around him and pushed Lang down.

Lang hit his head on the pavement when he fell and began to bleed from his ears. Paramedics transported Lang to a local hospital where he died of his injuries three days later on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Funeral services for Lang will be held at Lena Pope Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet St. in Fort Worth at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Samaritan House in Fort Worth was founded in 1991 as housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Dutton headed the organization for 20 years and retired in 2012. He and Lang retired to Miami.

—  Tammye Nash

Former Samaritan House board chair named CEO

The Board of Directors of Samaritan House, Inc. has selected former board chair Norbert White as its new president and CEO.

White stepped down from his position as chairman earlier this year to apply for the position after Steve Dutton announced he was leaving the role in April. Dutton will retire at the end of the year after 15 years as the agency’s leader.

Samaritan House provides housing and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

White, who has volunteered with the organization since 2008, was selected from a large pool of applicants because of his familiarity with the organization and his leadership during the year he was board chair, as well as his experience in senior management in the for-profit sector.

He is currently a national client relations consultant based in D-FW for World Class Coaches, international personal and professional coaching company.

Jim Johnson, current board chair, said in a statement that the board “is excited to support Norbert’s cross-over to the CEO’s role in the organization and believes that he will help strengthen the management team we have in place and continue our success in transforming lives.”

—  Dallasvoice