Concern and Anger over Gay Murders in Boystown

Thu. April 8, 2004 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne

Activists Concerned Two Stabbing Deaths are Related

Chicago, IL - Chicago Police are expected to release a sketch within the next couple of days of the man wanted in a fatal stabbing last month in Lakeview.

Chicago's Gay Community remains on alert after some gay activists say the murder was similar to another unsolved stabbing last year in Boystown.

Chicago Police say the recent stabbing deaths of two gay men in Lakeview are not connected. This announcement was prompted by growing concern and anger among community leaders and residents questioning the police investigation.

Wednesday Rick Garcia, Director of Equality Illinois, a Gay & Lesbian Rights Group, questioned the police investigation of the murders. Some cite similarities in the killings and question whether a serial killer may be on the loose.

While the two homicides share similarities, Police say the cases share no physical evidence.

The most recent case involves Kevin Clewer, 31, who was found dead on March 24 in his apartment bedroom in the 3400 block of North Elaine. Clewer was found naked, stabbed in the back 30 times, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. There was no signs of forced entry.

In August 2003, Brad Winters, 38, was found stabbed to death in his apartment in the 500 block of West Beldin. Winters was also found naked and stabbed multiple times in the back. Again police reported no signs of forced entry.

Both cases remain open which has caused added alarm in the community.

Gay activists and business owners have asked Alderman Tom Tunney to intervene and help provide answers. Tunney and police officials meet yesterday with bar owners in the Boystown area to talk about safety issues.

Chicago Police have issued a community alert (Details) and ask anyone with information to call 312-744-8261.

Boystown Murder Investigation
4/08: Police Release Composite Sketch
4/07: Police Issue a Community Alert