Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:54 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
CHICAGO — The family of a man who was stabbed to death in February outside of a Chicago bar is suing the bar and the man charged in the killing. Kenneth Paterimos' family claims in their wrongful death lawsuit that the 23-year-old was targeted because he was gay and that the bar didn't do enough to protect him. Thomas Tansey, a Marine Corps veteran, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killing. Witnesses told police that Tansey began arguing with Paterinos and that they had to be separated after coming to blows at Richard’s Bar, in the city's River West neighborhood. Tansey’s attorney says his client was defending himself when he stabbed Paterimos with a boxcutter outside the bar.