Twenty-year-old attacked outside nightclub on ‘teen night’
by Donald Miller
Sean Kennedy died following a homophobic attack outside Brew’s Pub in Greenville.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Openly gay University of South Carolina student Sean Kennedy was attacked outside Brew’s Pub May 16 following an altercation that had occurred inside the business just a short time before. According to friends that were with Kennedy at Brew’s, 18-year-old Stephen Andrew Moller had confronted the group about Kennedy’s sexual orientation prior to the attack in the parking lot that lead to his death.
Police reports confirm that when Kennedy decided to leave the nightclub he assumed that Moller had already left and was unaware that he was waiting outside, planning to attack him.
The specific motivation remains unknown, but authorities are examining the attack as a possible hate crime.
Investigators believe Moller stepped out of a silver car, punched Kennedy once in the face and drove off. Kennedy fell and struck the back of his head on the pavement; he was found bleeding and unresponsive and died 17 hours later, never having regained consciousness.
There were several witnesses, and Moller, of Taylors, S.C., was arrested the following day and charged with murder. At press time he was being held in the Greenville County Detention Center under no bond.
Kennedy was previously an employee of the Sticky Fingers restaurant chain, and a student at USC Spartanburg. In the past he had also been occasionally involved in Greenville’s LGBT Youth group AFFIRM.
“From what I understand, he was a bright, well-liked young man,” said AFFIRM Director John Capitan. “And he was fortunate enough to have a very supportive family.”
A funeral for Kennedy was held at Crossroads Community Church in Simpsonville on May 20.
Words from Kennedy’s own myspace.com page were particularly moving, in light of his untimely death. “So who knows what’s around the corner, or down the street? I’m just gonna live life and find out.”