Police have arrested 18-year old Stephen Andrew Moller for his role in the death of 20-year old gay man, Sean William Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy had been leaving Brew’s Bar in Greenville County, South Carolina when someone pulled up, yelled an anti-gay epithet and punched him. NBC affiliate WYFF reports:
Deputies said that Kennedy , 20, was walking to his car from Brew’s Bar early Wednesday morning when Moller got out of another car and approached Kennedy. Investigators said that Moller made a comment about Kennedy’s sexual orientation, and then struck him in the face.
Kennedy fell backward, hit his head and died at a local hospital. Investigators are now consulting with the FBI to see if the attack qualifies as a hate crime:
Friends of Kennedy told WYYF News 4 that they think the alleged assault was a hate crime because Kennedy was openly gay.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has provided information concerning this case to the FBI, which will make a determination as to whether to proceed with a hate crime investigation.
It sure sounds like a hate crime to us. But, who knows? Maybe Moller said something like, “Die, you fucking maggot!” Unlikely, but possible…