Death – Brother of former Miami mayor found dead in Florida landfill, homicide investigation underway

Death – Obituary

City of Tallahassee Police Department

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WMBB/WFLA) — The brother of former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz was found dead in a Florida landfill, and now authorities are investigating his death as a homicide.

Jorge Diaz-Johnston, 54, had been last seen alive on Jan. 3, Tallahassee Police officials said.

He’s also uncle to former Miami Hurricanes football coach Manny Diaz, Jr.

Tallahassee police reported Diaz-Johnston missing five days later on Saturday, Jan. 8. That same day, workers found Diaz-Johnston’s body at the Springhill Landfill in Campbellton.

His body was reportedly dumped with a load of trash at the Baker landfill in Okaloosa County.

Diaz-Johnston was studying for his doctorate in religion at Florida State University.

In 2014, he and his husband-to-be, Don Price Johnston, joined five other couples in a landmark lawsuit against Miami-Dade County to legalize same-sex marriages.

They won the case, and Miami-Dade became the first county in Florida to do so.

Manny Diaz released a statement on Thursday regarding his brother’s death:

“I am profoundly appreciative of the outpouring of support shown to me, my brother-in-law Don, and my family after the loss of my brother, Jorge Diaz-Johnston. My brother was such a special gift to this world whose heart and legacy will continue to live on for generations to come. I am also so very grateful to the Tallahassee Police Department – with the support of Mayor Dailey and City Manager Goad – who have worked tirelessly to locate and investigate the circumstances surrounding my brother’s disappearance. Their commitment has meant the world to my family and will continue to mean the world in our search for justice. We ask for privacy and continued prayers.”

Authorities have not said how or where Diaz-Johnston was killed, nor how his body wound up in Baker and Campbellton.

However, investigators reported they are treating this case as a homicide.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.