Man arrested in connection with the death of Cardiff drag queen

Darren Moore, also known by the stage name CC Quinn, was found dead in the city centre on Sunday, January 22.

A side-by-side image of Darren Moore as a drag queen and wearing a white suit a man in Cardiff has been arrested in connection with his death.

CW: Contains mentions of violence and sexual assault. 

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a Cardiff drag queen, Darren Moore, whose body was found on Sunday, January 22.

A post-mortem examination is being conducted to establish the cause of death, and the suspect is being questioned in South Wales where he will be held under police custody.

39-year-old Darren Moore was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning wearing full drag attire including make-up, a dress, a blonde wig, and heels. Officers responded to a call later on Sunday, when a body was found near Windsor Place and Park Lane.

Dozens of community members attended a vigil organised in his honour in the city centre on Wednesday, January 25 where he was remembered. As a drag queen in Cardiff, Moore performed under the names CC Quinn and Crystal Couture.

Superintendent Michelle Conquer, Head of Operations at Cardiff and Vale BCU, issued the following statement: “We understand there is shock and upset in the local and wider community following the death of Darren Moore who was a well-known drag artist in Cardiff.

“Cardiff has a long and proud tradition of recognising, celebrating, and protecting equality and diversity. Anyone who has concerns is asked to please contact South Wales Police in confidence.”

With the news of his death, reports have also emerged that as a teenager in 1999, Moore was convicted of the sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy. He was sent to a young offenders’ institution for three years, and later convicted in 2011 when he was a children’s gymnastics and dance tutor for breaching an order that banned him from having contact with children.

If you have been affected by this story or are looking to reach out to someone for support, advice or just to talk, there are numerous services available for LGBTQ+ people listed below.

LGBT Helplines
The Switchboard
Pieta House 
Mental Health Ireland
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre 

© 2023 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.