Is NYC gang PREYING on gay men? Two people are dead as woke DA Alvin Bragg dithers amid mass resignations
Five weeks apart, two gay men were killed in hauntingly similar circumstances, although it is suspected there are more victims
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: A menacing gang that preys on tourists at nightlife hotspots before drugging and robbing them, frequently using their own telephones to drain their bank accounts, appears to be going after New York's LGBT community. Five weeks apart, two gay men were killed in hauntingly similar circumstances, although it is suspected that more than a dozen gay males have already been the subject of similar attacks. Both Julio Ramirez, 25, who vanished in April, and John Umberger, 33, a political strategist in Washington DC, were out having fun on the city's gay scene the night before they vanished.
According to the Daily Mail, when the men's bodies were discovered, both of the victims did not have their cellphones. Their bank accounts, which contained tens of thousands of dollars, had been emptied. Five months after their deaths, the apparently ‘woke’ Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has yet to comment, and he seems to be 'impeding' the probe. The gang's preferred method of operation is preying on gay males in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen district. In either case, both the victims were observed leaving a gay pub or club with three other guys. Furthermore, the LGBT community still hasn't received a warning to be on the alert for anything odd when they go out on a night out.
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However, the mother of one victim has made the decision to come forward in an effort to prevent other susceptible young men from meeting the same fate as her son. “Word needs to get out, especially in the gay community, that they are targeting gay men. . . . This same group of killers have drugged, robbed and murdered countless young gay men in New York,” said Umberger’s mother Linda Clary.
After a late dinner with friends at Tao Downtown in Chelsea, her son went alone to The Q NYC, a multi-story gay nightclub, where he last used his credit card at around three in the morning on Saturday, May 28. At 3:15 am, he called and eventually cancelled a cab, and an hour later, three unknown guys were last spotted with him in a car outside the Upper East Side townhouse where he was staying. Umberger can be seen getting out of the car with two of the men who entered the townhouse with him but left without him after approximately 45 minutes in accordance with the footage found from a nearby building.
According to preliminary toxicology findings, Umberger and Ramirez died from a drug overdose. Although insiders claim that the pair had their drinks spiked with a date-rape drug. It is yet unknown what has contributed to the protracted delay in receiving test results, but according to the Post, Bragg's office is likely overloaded as a result of "an extraordinary number of assistant district attorneys' resignations."