Three years after Gregory Horowitz killed himself in a motel room, leaving behind a suicide note that accused North Miami councilman Scott Galvin of molesting him as a child, the North Miami Police Department has reopened its investigation of the suicide and the molestation allegation.
North Miami police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas confirmed to Beached Miami that the department has reopened the two “companion cases”, but Cuevas declined to say what prompted the decision. The news comes as North Miami residents are getting ready to decide whether to re-elect Galvin to a fourth term on May 10. [Update: Galvin easily won reelection, and North Miami police dropped their investigation..]
Back in late March, I recapped the Horowitz case after the Herald reported on an incident in which a North Miami resident confronted Galvin with the molestation charge at a March 22 city council meeting.
In 2008, Horowitz, 26 years old, shot himself with a chrome revolver in a North Miami motel called the White House Inn. Police found cocaine, oxycodone, morphine, and other drugs in his system. In a suicide note, Horowitz accused Galvin and two other men of molesting him when he was 12 years old. At the time, Galvin, who is openly gay, admitted to having had a relationship with Horowitz when both men were adults, but denied the accusation in Horowitz’s suicide letter. North Miami police ultimately found no evidence to substantiate the molestation allegation and closed the case on Nov. 19, 2008. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office also declined to prosecute because of a lack of evidence.
It remains unclear why North Miami police decided to reopen both cases three years later.
After North Miami resident Jane Del Rosario dredged up Horowitz’s molestation accusation at the March 22 city council meeting, Galvin called her claims false and accused her of doing the bidding of Edwin Hiram Quiñones, Galvin’s only opponent in the May 10 election. “This is an assignation [sic] on my character,” Galvin said. “It’s all politically motivated.”
Quiñones initially denied that Del Rosario confronted Galvin on his behalf, but Quiñones, a political newcomer who owns Mr. Trophy in North Miami, later admitted that she was indeed associated with his campaign.
After my initial post on this case, Jeffrey Horowitz, Gregory’s brother, contacted me by email to say that his brother was not gay and never had a consensual relationship with Galvin. He also controverted Galvin’s claim that he did not know Gregory Horowitz as a child.
“My brother was without a doubt, 100% heterosexual, and Scott Galvin’s claims of not knowing my brother back in the early 1990′s are FALSE – because I was there – and let Scott in the house,” Jeffrey Horowitz wrote in a March 28 email. “Galvin used to work at Keystone Park Summer Camp under the North Miami Parks and Recreation. He even was a substitute teacher at Miami Country Day [...] when I went to school there. My brother and I have known Scott Galvin since 1990, and for him to say he only knew my brother as his ‘adult, gay-lover’ is the most disgusting, untruthful, and ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Gregory Horowitz was not gay, ever. You can print that.”
Councilman Galvin did not respond to an email requesting a comment or statement. He has not confirmed any part of this post to Beached Miami.
In an email to Beached Miami, Jeffrey Horowitz said his brother’s suicide note contains “graphic detail about how my brother was ‘sexually molested’ by Scott Galvin at the age of 12″. He quoted sections of the letter:
“I was 12 scared and confused [...] I can’t live knowing that’s been on my mind last 14 years. Too embarrassed to tell you.”
According to his biography on scott-galvin.com, Galvin is a North Miami native who has been on the city council since 1999. He currently sits on the international Board of Directors for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and serves as the Vice President of Education for Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, which “recruits and trains corporate volunteers to bring lessons of finance and community to children across Miami-Dade County”.