Man Who Died In Texas Police Custody Was Performer 10/15/13
EL PASO, Texas - A man who died in police custody has been identified
as a female impersonator who hours earlier performed at a West Texas club.
El Paso police on Monday said the death of 36-year-old Fernando Gomez
remains under investigation. Autopsy results are pending on Gomez, who was
pronounced dead Sunday at a hospital.
Police say Gomez was involved in a domestic disturbance call early Sunday
and acted irrational and combative as if under the influence of drugs. Gomez,
who faced charges of evading and resisting arrest, became unresponsive during
transport to a police station.
The El Paso Times reports Gomez performed Saturday
night at Club Prism. General manager Vanessa Alanis says Gomez, whose stage name
was Mercedes Demarco, was a great performer and an iconic figure for the gay