Gay panic used as defense in death of Chicago bisexual man
CHICAGO — A man accused of killing a 23-year-old bisexual man in Chicago is claiming self defense.
According to Block Club Chicago, the attacker was yelling homophobic slurs as he stabbed Kenneth Paterimos. In a post on Friday, BCC reported that the assailant was claiming self-defense.
The attacker is reported to weight 220 pounds and is 30 years old. Paterimos only weight 127 pounds. Witnesses told police and the news website that the attacker, who’s name has not been released, was not acting in self-defense.
One of those witnesses is Paterimos’ brother, Santiago Bueno. He beat and held the attacker down until police arrived.
Illinois banned “gay panic” as a defense in 2017.
Paterimos was killed last week outside Richard’s Bar in the River West area of Chicago. According to BCC, the attacker has not yet been charged as of Friday.
A GoFundMe has been started to pay for funeral expenses, standing at $15,000 as of Friday afternoon.