Man Confesses to Weekend Murder of Gay NYC Student in Chelsea

  • EricLA

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    Sep 02, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    You may have heard about this news story. The openly gay student had just moved to NYC from Mass. a couple of weeks earlier. Sad. Looks like it was a one-night stand gone bad. From Towleroad:

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    A suspect has confessed to the murder of Kevin Pravia, a 19-year-old gay student who was killed in his apartment on 15th street in the Chelsea district of Manhattan over the weekend following a party near the city's South Street Seaport.

    According to the NY Daily News, Pravia's body was discovered — a cord around his neck and a plastic bag shoved down his throat — by his roommate Josephine Madonna, when she returned from a weekend trip:

    "Police sources said they were testing theplastic bag, sheet and cord for forensic evidence and looking through surveillance video to see who came in and outof the building. The student's death has not been officially ruled a murder. An autopsy was inconclusive and further tests were needed. As cops dug for clues, Pravia's mother, Paula, made a grim pilgrimage to New York from Peru, Mass., to identify her son. Police said there was no evidence of forced entry or sexual assault. A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said Madonna and Pravia, friends from Massachusetts, moved into the Chelsea building just two week ago. He was gay and Madonna is straight, the neighbor said. 'His [moving boxes are] still in the hallway,' she said. Another neighbor, Teresa Hicks, 41, was startled when Madonna, who was away for several days, screamed when she found the body in the fifth-floor apartment. 'The girl was shouting, 'My God! My God! He's dead,'' Hicks said."

    The NY Post reports: "A 22-year-old Queens man has confessed to killing a Pace University student, who was found strangled in his Chelsea apartment Sunday, police sources said today. The unidentified suspect told cops that he choked and robbed victim Kevin Pravia, 19, after meeting him in Union Square at about 6 a.m. Sunday and accompanying him back to his home. The suspect allegedly told investigators that he bought drugs from Pravia before they went to the apartment - though police sources said they doubt the drug buy claim. Exactly why they went back to the apartment was unclear. But after arriving there and hanging out for a while, Pravia fell asleep, the suspect told cops. That when he allegedly tried to rob the student. The suspect told cops that he punched the sleeping teen, put an electrical cord around his neck, stuffed a plastic bag in his mouth and strangled him."
  • RSportsguy

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    Sep 02, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    Very Very sad story Eric! icon_cry.gif

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    Sep 02, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    I think its presumptuous to assume this was a one night stand gone bad, as easy a conclusions as that is to jump to. If this was a drug deal, it's pretty plausible the two just went to the victims apartment, near Union Square where the deal allegedly went down, just to hang out and do drugs.

    In any case, what a sad commentary about how little some people value the lives of others. The perp killed this kid for a laptop, cell phone and iPod. The kid was asleep at the time. He probably could have just scooped them up and hit the door without the victim even knowing what happened until he woke up. There was no need to kill him, or hurt him at all.
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    Sep 02, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    Oh, this reminds me of a guy named Charlie...

    He was a shy guy at the bars here in DC. While out on a business trip, he brought a guy back to his room and the guy strangled Charlie to death with the phone cord.

    We all felt so bad for Charlie....he was so shy. This guy obviously played upon his desire to hook up.
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    Sep 03, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    SO sad!! Feel SO bad for the parents/family!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 03, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Makes you sick. A horror story.
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    Sep 03, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    That's awful. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
  • theONLYallan

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    Sep 03, 2008 1:47 AM GMT
    This story is worse:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/147790

    a 15y/o boy had innocently asked his killer to be his valentine so the guy shot him.
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    Sep 03, 2008 1:55 AM GMT
    theONLYallan saidThis story is worse:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/147790

    a 15y/o boy had innocently asked his killer to be his valentine so the guy shot him.

    yeah, that story has been out there a while, but the Newsweek article was really good. It brought up additional issues that made it much more complicated than its initial reporting.
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    Sep 03, 2008 2:05 AM GMT
    Wow, my heart just fell into my stomach. Truly sad.
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    Sep 03, 2008 3:27 AM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidWow, my heart just fell into my stomach. Truly sad.


    I'm with you there.