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New York City lawmaker warns that killer may be targeting gay men

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEW YORK — The New York police department is investigating the strangulation deaths of three gay men in Queens and Manhattan in recent weeks.

And while police said they didn’t believe the cases were related, at least one New York City lawmaker is warning gay men that a killer may be targeting them.

Daniel Dromm
via: New York Daily News

On Tuesday, City Councilman Daniel Dromm urged the LGBT community to use caution when meeting someone for the first time, and to use online dating services cautiously, reported the New York Daily News.

“It’s frightening,” said Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who is openly gay. “I fear that there could be somebody out there targeting gay men.”

The latest victim was found strangled on Saturday at the Crown Motor Inn in Elmhurst, and has been identified as 54-year-old Joseph Benzinger.

On Jan. 26, David Rangel, 53, a Queens middles school teacher, was found dead at his Jackson Heights apartment; two days later, 48-year-old Charles Romo was found tied up with a bag over his head in his apartment in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan.

There were no signs of forced entry in any of the incidents, and police say that at least two of the victims may have met their attackers online.

Last October, Lou Rispoli, 62, a local gay rights leader, died from injuries sustained in a savage, early morning attack in Queens. Police are continuing to search for his murderer.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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12 more reader comments:

  1. Wail untill he messes with the wrong man!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:51am
  2. We WILL fight back- this isn’t the 50′s bigots!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:52am
  3. Gay Men have been the main targets of many killers for a long time now >.> And these people are just realizing it now?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:55am
  4. btw, wtf is wrong with people!? >.> I don’t understand why people are so damn hateful and ignorant! I hate having to fear of being beaten or killed becuz of my Sexual Orientation! It’s so fuckin stupid and ridiculous! It’s unfair! >.>

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:58am
  5. Sad, Very sad indeed…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:19am
  6. So very sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10:43am
  7. And they want to take guns and ammo away from them…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:15am
  8. Chris I know you didn’t say that. Are you an ass, people deserve to live, what church do you go to. the church of murderers

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:27am
  9. I can’t believe this in going on in a Supposedly CIVILIZED society and for people and their hateful language. Never seen a Country so full of HATRED as America has grown over the last 12 yrs

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 1:47pm
  10. … Not-GOOD!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:39pm
  11. Very poor .. Not good

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:03pm
  12. sheeeeesh, its like law and order svu came to life… yuck … be safe and smart you all!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8:14pm