Kenneth Paterimos killed in stabbing outside Richard’s Bar
Family said the 30-year-old man yelled a homophobic slur at Paterimos before stabbing him multiple times outside the bar.
Kenneth Paterimos, 23, was stabbed multiple times in his neck, back and arm on Friday, Feb. 21 outside Richard’s Bar in West Town. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later, authorities said. His death was ruled a homicide.
A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing. He was initially released from custody after he claimed he had acted in self-defense. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said at the time that police were continuing to investigate, and that the man’s release from custody should not be interpreted as “a declination of charges.”
A week after the incident, a no-bail warrant was issuedfor Thomas Tansey on murder charges in Paterimos’ death.
Court records show Tansey is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who was convicted of battery three years ago after he pulled a gun on a man in the northwest suburbs and tackled him to the ground.
Paterimos’ family says Tansey yelled a homophobic slur at Paterimos before stabbing him multiple times outside the bar, which Guglielmi said witnesses at the scene had confirmed to police.
February 24, 2020 09:20 AM
Richard’s Bar victim stabbed in back after confronting suspect, threatening to ‘kick his ass,’ prosecutors sayJudge Charles Beach on Thursday denied bail to Thomas Tansey, who is charged with the murder of Kenneth Paterimos.
Family and friends tried to enter the bar to pray for Paterimos, but the doors were locked. They chanted “justice for Kenny” as a police presence grew.
Marine Corps veteran wanted on murder charge in fatal West Town stabbing as family demands ‘justice for Kenny’A warrant for Thomas Tansey, 30, was issued Thursday, according to Chicago police, who announced it Saturday as family and friends gathered at the funeral of Kenneth Paterimos.
The 30-year-old, who authorities said told them he stabbed Ken Paterimos in self-defense, was charged with battery and brandishing a weapon in 2017 in Arlington Heights.
Suspect released in fatal Richard’s Bar stabbing yelled homophobic slur, claimed self-defense: policePolice say they are continuing to investigate the stabbing that killed 23-year-old Kenneth Paterimos on Friday night following a scuffle with another man inside the bar.
Kenneth Paterimos was stabbed multiple times Friday outside the bar.