Murdered Gay Sparks Park Fear

Trevor Charles Brewster went to Burnside Trails for a stroll. Unfortunately, he found murder instead. A can collector discovered the 45-year old gay man’s partially-clothed, bloody body Wednesday:

Colin Brown, the man who found the body, said the victim was dressed only in jeans and had a garbage bag over his head and what looked like a knife wound in his abdomen.

He said the body appeared to have been purposely hidden, probably recently.

Burnside Trails has earned a reputation for gay cruising, a sexually-charged detail that leads some to speculate that that Brewster – a quiet, well-regarded waiter – had gone to the park to find a bit of free loving. Certainly a distressing hypothesis and even more so considering the recent murder of another gay man, Michael Paul Knott.

Investigators, however, are hesitant to make a connection:

Halifax police and RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] also plan to speak to Southwest Nova RCMP about the recent murder of Michael Paul Knott to see if there might be a link, [police spokesperson Theresa Brien] said.

“At this point, it’s far too early to tell,” she said. A relative last saw Mr. Knott, 44, on the evening of May 1, when he dropped someone off at work on Chain Lake Drive in Bayers Lake Business Park. The Timberlea man’s body was found in a wooded area in Mill Cove, Lunenburg County, last Saturday.

It also remains unclear whether Brewster’s sexual orientation played a roll in the murder. One thing’s for sure: you queer canucks need to stay away from Burnside Park.

And anyone with information on Knott’s death can call a special tip line. Meanwhile, those with clues into Brewster’s murder should call 1-800-222-8477.

Cole Harbour man’s death was murder [The Chronicle Herald]
Gay community alarmed [Halifax News]
Gay Man Murdered in Nova Scotia Park Reputed as Cruising Area [Towleroad]