10/06/2034 7:48 AM ET

NEWS

Richard Petellieu Killed


Ivy Pulowski
Reporter, Huntington Courier

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An officer with the Atlanta P.D. seals Petellieu's property.
Conservative blogger and commentator Richard Petellieu was found dead in his home in Atlanta, authorities confirmed today.

Petellieu, 71, lived in the affluent north Atlanta district of Buckhead. He was discovered yesterday by his daughter who was visiting his house for the weekend.

Captain Paulus Swanpool of Atlanta Police Department's Major Crimes Division spoke to reporters today.

"We can confirm that the deceased has been identified by the Chief Medical Examiner as Mr Richard Petellieu. We are pursuing leads based on the evidence accrued at the scene."

Sources indicate Petellieu was discovered on the sofa in his living room, which was covered with a large quantity of drying blood. The family of Mr Petellieu has declined to provide comment, citing privacy concerns.

"At this time we prefer not to comment. We thank the Atlanta Police Department for their dedication in investigating this heinous crime."

Petellieu had been a commentator for four decades, having written for the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Time Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, and the National Review. He was contributing to online magazine Republica and writing a book at the time of his death.

Much of his career was clouded with controversy; he wrote many highly critical pieces on SOGOI issues (Sexual orientation and Gender or Other Identity), and liberal foreign and economic policies. He was noted for his caustic and increasingy intolerant style.

Police did not address the possible connection to Petellieu's recent pieces on SOGOI laws. He had been particularly critical of Gen.eration's advocacy among school students, suggesting that they should be dealt with by "second amendment advocates".

His comments sparked a firestorm of criticism, with Republica's site being hacked twice in six days. A molotov cocktail was thrown through its front window last week, and threats were made against its staff. Republica has had armed security in front of its office since last Friday.

Petellieu, a former army sergeant, himself received several direct threats but shunned any special protection measures.

He is survived by a son, daughter and several grandchildren.
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