Police Release Suspect In Fatal Bar Stabbing, Investigation Continues

Steve Miller
February 25, 2020 - 9:33 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police say they are still putting together a timeline of what happened in the moments before a 23-year-old man was stabbed and killed outside a River West bar.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

It was late Friday night when a confrontation occurred. A 30-year-old man -- intoxicated, according to reports -- yelled something homophobic to 23-year-old Kenneth Paterimos.

Outside the bar, police say Paterimos was slashed and stabbed and died later.

They arrested the 30-year-old but later released him.

Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tells WBBM: "The individual we arrested presented a self-defense claim and now that has to be independently corroborated by detectives."

Paterimos's family says he was the victim. His mother has set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for his funeral.

"The bright light of my family," she called him.

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