This week while LGBT media has been busy reporting such important stories as Give Elsa From Frozen A Girlfriend and Caitlyn Jenner To Pose Naked In Sports Illustrated a story out of Idaho has gone widely underreported of a gay man who was brutally beaten to death in Nampa, Idaho after responding to a male “escort” ad.
Steven Nelson a 49 year old Idaho man was brutally beaten to death by four men after he responded to an online escort ad posted by one of his attackers.
Nelson had responded to an ad in the male escort section of the website Backpage that later turned out to be only a ploy, according to police.
The ad showed a heavily tattooed man with his face covered. The tattoos later helped identify Kelly Schneider, the suspected primary perpetrator. Nelson met Schneider at the Wal-Mart at Roosevelt Avenue and Middleton Road in Nampa and drove him to Gotts Point, where Nelson requested sex from Schneider in exchange for money, according to probable cause affidavits.
Another man later arrived at Gotts Point with what Nelson told police was a rifle. Two others also showed up and attacked him, kicked him and stripped him of his clothes and wallet, according to the court documents. The men took Nelson’s car and left him naked and alone to die.
Kelly Schneider, Jayson Woods and Kevin Tracy, all of Nampa, and Daniel Henkel, of Wilder, all appeared in court Monday on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and other charges in connection to Nelson’s death.
According to court documents, Tracy told investigators that Schneider kicked the victim about 30 times while he was on the ground. The suspect told police Nelson begged them not to kill him, and offered Schneider his credit cards and PIN number if they let him go.
Nelson, who had broken ribs and was bleeding from the ear, staggered to a nearby home, where residents called 911. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died of cardiac arrest a few hours later.
The victim was able to tell police what happened and described the man shown in the Backpage ad before his death.
Police are asking that anyone with any knowledge about the four attackers to contact them and believe that they carried out attacks like this before.
“I’m not interested in the solicitation of sex side, right? I’m interested in the victimization they’ve received when they made those calls or made those arrangements. That’s what we’re interested in. We’re interested in taking those people into custody that are victimizing who they see as easy prey.” said Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue,
Watch the horrifying news report below.