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Openly Gay Sergeant & DADT Activist Darren Manzella Has Died

Updated 12:00 p.m. pst

The cause of Darren Manzella's death has been revealed as a series of car accidents that took place on Thursday night.

The Democrat and Chronicle has more:

Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, said the incident began as a two-car crash on the westbound lanes of the highway in Pittsford, when one car sideswiped another car about 8:30 p.m. Helfer did not identify the man killed.

The man stopped his car in the middle lane of I-490, got out and started pushing it from behind, Helfer said. A sport utility vehicle rear-ended the car, pinning the man between the two vehicles.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Helfer said. The other two involved drivers were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The paper also reports that Darren's father learned about his son's death from online news stories, and has yet to hear from police. 


Darren Manzella, the outspoken openly-gay U.S. Army Sergeant whom we've written about extensively here at, passed away late Thursday. The details on the untimely loss of one of the hardest working activists who helped usher in a new post-"Don't Ask Don't Tell" era are still scant, but the reaction pouring in from both the LGBT and the military communities are heart wrenching.

Check out Darren's Facebook page for a steady stream of condolences and check back here for updates on the community's immeasurable loss.



Prayers to family and friends.   Bless him for his works.

RIP mate.

A hero both for his service to our country and his presence on behalf of our community.

Darren, his friends and family, will be remembered in my positive thoughts and prayers. Thank you very much for your service to our country and our cause. I wish I had the chance to know you!

I am sure that Jim speaks for all of us.

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