My friend Ron Clewer has a very special story. It's a tale of family, dedication, and determination. It was six years ago today that Ron's brother Kevin Clewer was found slain in his Lakeview apartment.
Six years later, there's still no suspect in jail. Described at the time as a male white/Hispanic, approx. 25 (Now 31) years old, 5' 7" tall, slim/athletic build, speaks with a Hispanic or European Spanish accent; he was thought to occasionally work as a male prostitute, though police stressed at the time there was no indication he was engaged in an act of prostitution the night of the homicide. (Police composite sketch)
It all started on March 23rd 2004. Kevin visited two Halsted Street bars with a friend after work. It is alleged he stayed out until 4 am. On March 24th Kevin did not show up at work. His employer was concerned and contacted his mom after he failed to answer their calls.
Kevin's father arrived to his apartment around 5:00 p.m. on the evening of the 24th. Kevin's car was in the parking lot. A friend of Kevin's who lived across the hall let Kevin's father in and he spoke to the neighbor across the hall and asked about accessing Kevin's apartment via the landlord. When it was determined the manager's office was closed for the day, Mr. Clewer pushed in Kevin's apartment door. He noticed Kevin's bedroom door was closed, knocked and when no one answered, opened it. He found Kevin on the floor.
Kevin had been stabbed 42 times in the back.
When asked what Ron knows about his brothers killer, he says, "Aside from personal sentiment little to nothing. It is alleged there is a person of interest who may or may not be the killer. A composite of this person was released and public help to identify the suspect was requested. There is claim the person has been identified and there is claim this is untrue."
Asking Ron about his brother, he said, "Kevin was the person I wanted to be! I am always business where he was the right combination of intelligence, seriousness and humor. A real person; unafraid to claim and admit who he was. Of course laying yourself out like that did open him up to occasional hurt but he was able to overcome an unfortunate situation quickly due to his humor and ability to find the good in others. He was real as many would say. As my younger brother by seven years it was really awesome watching him turn into an adult... a brother I was proud of and learned a great deal from. As kids we fought a lot, as kids do. I miss him a lot and many days I find my self caught up in thoughts of did it really all happen? His loss is incomprehensible."
How can you get involved? Its simple, come forward with any and all information!
Ron tells me that there has been a claim by the police that the LGBT community is afraid to interact with the police. "If you know something I ask you to consider placing yourself in my shoes," he said. "My brother was brutally murdered, the degree of his loss weighed heavily on my parents who both died a year later, my daughters have no uncle and lost grandparents, my family as I knew it is gone, the multitudes of pain is incredible."
The police have a contact line at 312-744-8261. Refer to case number HK-259944. There is a Crime Stoppers anonymous hotline at 1-800-535-STOP. If you can't or don't want to speak to the police, you don't have to give your name.