Bryant Steele, Indianapolis Man Killed In House Fire, May Have Been Targeted For Being Gay: Report

10/01/2012 01:35 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Sources say that a mysterious Indianapolis house fire that left one man dead may have been an anti-gay hate crime.

WBIW cites family members who say 27-year-old Bryant Steele, who was found dead in a home that caught fire during the early hours of Sept. 30, may have been targeted by arsonists because he was openly gay.

"My cousin was a good person, loving," Cassandra Wills told WISHTV. "This didn't have to happen to him."

Details of both the fire and Steele remain scarce, but homicide detectives are now reportedly handling the investigation and are quoted as saying they believe foul play may have been involved.

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