Gay men targeted for murder, robbery in New York night clubs

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Gay men are being targeted in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen area by unidentified assailants who drug and then rob them, and in two cases the men were murdered under similar circumstances.

The New York Times reports that 33-year-old John Umberger and 25-year-old Julio Ramirez were murdered blocks away and 5 weeks apart, and that an additional five men reported a similar methodology was used on them. According to the Times, “they were drugged at gay bars in the city — including the Eagle, the Boiler Room and the 9th Avenue Saloon — and then robbed.”

The deaths of Umberger and Ramirez were connected earlier in November ,as the New York Post reported, “a gang that preys on gay men at Hell’s Kitchen nightclubs is suspected of killing at least two victims and of drugging and robbing more than a dozen other men — but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is impeding the investigation.”

Bragg’s office has not warned the public of a possible serial killer targeting gay men in the NYC area.

The NYPD are investigating as reports emerged that each man had been spotted with three unidentified men just hours before they were killed. 

Both men reportedly died of a drug overdose from being roofied, and their phones were missing as were thousands of dollars from their bank accounts.

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