Gay man found floating, in Tampa Bay, dead

Sep 23, 2008 Full story: www.tampabay.com 41

Jason Downey was headed home. That's what he told his roommate when they last spoke outside Georgie's Alibi bar in St. early Friday morning. The 31-year-old veterinary technician was alone, puffing a cigarette out on the patio bar just before 2 a.m. when he told Tony Ginski he'd catch up with him back at the house in Tampa. "I thought maybe he'd be right along shortly," said Ginski, 42, who departed in his own car. The usually reliable Downey never showed. On Sunday, a fisherman discovered Downey's body floating in Tampa Bay near an approach to the Howard Frankland Bridge at Interstate 275 and Fourth Street N.

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“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#1 Sep 23, 2008
Georgie's Alibi is one of the many gay bars in Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg Times did an awful job of reporting this. If you were an out-of-towner and/or you were not familiar with the bar, Georgie's Alibi, you would have had no clue that this guy was gay or this may have been a target to someone that is gay until the very last sentence of the story.
James

Medford, NJ

#2 Sep 23, 2008
What's the deal wit this?
Andy

AOL

#4 Sep 23, 2008
What a stupid article...It's all about gay, not murder, suicide,or robbery... typical drive by media BS....
Michael f

Miami, FL

#5 Sep 23, 2008
This one is for you MR. DOVER. This man wasn't even drinking that night like if it was any of your business. You should go back to school and get more educated you FOOL. For the rest of ya, this mans family is devistated and to blow it out of proportion and it shouldn't be exploited as a GAY thing. Doesn't matter what you say or think. It only matters to find out what happened to Jason and to help his family understand so they can get some kind of peace. He had many friends that knew he was a wonderful person at heart.
crazy4staley

Cape Coral, FL

#6 Sep 23, 2008
Who gives a rat's A$$ if the guy was gay? Why is that important? If he was gay, SO WHAT???????? Freaking media, always blowing things way out of proportion. This is sad. I hope his family finds out what happened to him, and seeks justice, if need be. For all you homophobes, shut up and find something better to do with your time. There is nothing wrong with being gay, it's just who you are. Get over it.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#7 Sep 23, 2008
crazy4staley wrote:
Who gives a rat's A$$ if the guy was gay? Why is that important? If he was gay, SO WHAT???????? Freaking media, always blowing things way out of proportion. This is sad. I hope his family finds out what happened to him, and seeks justice, if need be. For all you homophobes, shut up and find something better to do with your time. There is nothing wrong with being gay, it's just who you are. Get over it.
Google Jason Galehouse and Mark Wacholtz. We have already had one serial killer targeting gay people in Tampa Bay area. We do not need another one. It is called alerting the community to a potential of something happening.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#9 Sep 24, 2008
Michael f wrote:
This one is for you MR. DOVER. This man wasn't even drinking that night like if it was any of your business. You should go back to school and get more educated you FOOL. For the rest of ya, this mans family is devistated and to blow it out of proportion and it shouldn't be exploited as a GAY thing. Doesn't matter what you say or think. It only matters to find out what happened to Jason and to help his family understand so they can get some kind of peace. He had many friends that knew he was a wonderful person at heart.
Yes, that is indeed true, but this thing has happened before and the media and police decided to keep the victim's sexual orientation "private". If gay men in the city or area are the primary target, then it is the press and law enforcement's responsibility to notify the public. What happens if next weekend, something else should happen and another gay man just up and disappears in the Tampa Bay area? That is called a trend.

The same thing happened with Wachholtz and Galehouse and the police failed to inform the community of the links in sexual orientation. If the city was plagued with a serial rapist that was targeting women, you bet it would hit the news and police. It is called putting people on guard about things happening around the area.

Yes, true, this guy's sexual orientation may have to do squat with what is happening, but let's say over the next couple of weeks, more gay men, end up drifting on Tampa Bay, in the water, dead. Would that not send a few flags up for people that there is another serial killer stalking out gay men?
Andy

AOL

#10 Sep 24, 2008
The article does a very poor job of pointing that out...Just looks ignorant..
Michael f

Miami, FL

#11 Sep 24, 2008
I see your point here. I was just upset with that FOOL who said the comment about mixing Homo's and liquor. He needs to wake up. Maybe he should be investagated in this matter if he seems to know soooooo much about this.
StevenFL wrote:
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Yes, that is indeed true, but this thing has happened before and the media and police decided to keep the victim's sexual orientation "private". If gay men in the city or area are the primary target, then it is the press and law enforcement's responsibility to notify the public. What happens if next weekend, something else should happen and another gay man just up and disappears in the Tampa Bay area? That is called a trend.
The same thing happened with Wachholtz and Galehouse and the police failed to inform the community of the links in sexual orientation. If the city was plagued with a serial rapist that was targeting women, you bet it would hit the news and police. It is called putting people on guard about things happening around the area.
Yes, true, this guy's sexual orientation may have to do squat with what is happening, but let's say over the next couple of weeks, more gay men, end up drifting on Tampa Bay, in the water, dead. Would that not send a few flags up for people that there is another serial killer stalking out gay men?

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#12 Sep 24, 2008
Andy wrote:
The article does a very poor job of pointing that out...Just looks ignorant..
Precisely. The last sentence of the article finally brings out the victim's sexual orientation. For the benefit of the people of my town and area, I hope this man was NOT targeted for his sexual orientation, but if other things follow and more gay men go missing or end up floating in the Bay, then sadly, we will be back to what happened with Wachholtz and Galehouse here just a few years ago. They are still missing.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#13 Sep 24, 2008
Michael f wrote:
I see your point here. I was just upset with that FOOL who said the comment about mixing Homo's and liquor. He needs to wake up. Maybe he should be investagated in this matter if he seems to know soooooo much about this.
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I noticed that and believe it was Post #3. It was removed by the mods at Topix, as I believed I reported it.:O)
Skyyguy

Blytheville, AR

#14 Sep 24, 2008
It seems as if some of you think this is your personal chat room. People make comments based on their education, social skills, knowledge of the situation and frame of mind. It is not up to anyone else to disagree with them. State your case but leave everyone else's comments to them.

Other than poor writing skills (especially for a news reporter in a major paper)I see nothing wrong with the content - outside the fact that is reads as if a junior high student wrote it for their school newspaper

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#15 Sep 24, 2008
Skyyguy wrote:
It seems as if some of you think this is your personal chat room. People make comments based on their education, social skills, knowledge of the situation and frame of mind. It is not up to anyone else to disagree with them. State your case but leave everyone else's comments to them.
Other than poor writing skills (especially for a news reporter in a major paper)I see nothing wrong with the content - outside the fact that is reads as if a junior high student wrote it for their school newspaper
In all honesty, the St. Petersburg Times is a highly recommended publication in the area. There are several to chose from, including the Orlando Sentinel (in some markets) and the Tampa Tribune.

In this particular piece, I agree, this story was sorely unreported and I feel the reporter, begrudgingly, did his or her job in stating the facts.

I also feel that the Times is a well reputed publication. They have supported St. Petersburg Gay Pride for years, they have always been a liberal paper, and in this story, I sensed a degree of being cautious. It is not to state that they did not wish to cover the story, but they left the question of "What is next?"

Being that the Bay area has had this before and most journalism outlets know about it, it does lead me to believe that the journalists are afraid of a repeat.
Brandi

Buford, GA

#17 Sep 25, 2008
I just read the article and was surprised that they would put "gay found dead".To the media Jason is another hot story for them to get their jollies off. Instead of gay, they could have put generous, thoughtful, amazing, unique, and all around incredible. But maybe if it were their brother floating in the bay instead of mine, they would be more passionate about what they wrote.Yes, he is a gay man but he is worth more than half the straight men in the world.
crazy4staley

Cape Coral, FL

#18 Sep 25, 2008
StevenFL wrote:
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Google Jason Galehouse and Mark Wacholtz. We have already had one serial killer targeting gay people in Tampa Bay area. We do not need another one. It is called alerting the community to a potential of something happening.
Hello, wake up....gay people are hurt needlessly every single day in this world, but to put it in the paper the way it was, was extremely disrespectful to this man and his family. SORRY. There was no need to mention that. Why, so gay men and women can walk around town, looking over their shoulders every second?
Tony

Tampa, FL

#20 Sep 26, 2008
This article is so poorly written. Doesn't give Jason much respect at all. He was a good guy & will be missed. I hope this mystery is solved soon & not related to sexual orientation.
BARACK OSAMA

Syria

#21 Sep 26, 2008
who cares?
unknown

Ormond Beach, FL

#22 Sep 27, 2008
Does anyone know his birthdate. It may help shed some light on what happened. need day month year.

“I am happy”

Since: Jul 08

St. Petersburg, FL

#23 Sep 27, 2008
unknown wrote:
Does anyone know his birthdate. It may help shed some light on what happened. need day month year.
Why, are you going to try to still his identity or read his tarot cards or analyze his astrological sign?
RustyWrench

AOL

#24 Sep 29, 2008
Maybe he drank from a glass in that gay bar- and then he jumped in the harbor so he could wash his mouth out!? Never drink from the glasses in those bars!

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