Gay Newlywed Mourned After Bar Brawl Death

Images via Gretchen Bell and Instagram @nowherelouisville

Friends and family of 35-year-old Chris McKinney are mourning his death in a fatal bar fight.

In October 2019, life for McKinney was going great. He was getting married to his boyfriend Nick and surrounded by loved ones. This past Sunday morning, McKinney was without the supportive circle. Instead, he found himself in the midst of danger while at the Nowhere Bar in Louisville, Kentucky.

Police are still investigating the situation. As such, there is currently no solid account of what led to the McKinney’s death. Several stories and rumors are being spread through social media, though.

What is know is that McKinney was escorted out of the bar earlier that night for “unruly behavior.” Louisville Metro Police then say McKinney got into a fight with a bar employee. When police arrived at the bar around 1:15 in the morning, McKinney was unresponsive. He was later taken to the hospital and died while under medical care.

The Major Crimes Unit is still investigating. In addition, police have not released the name of the Nowhere Bar employee.

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“It’s unmistakably tragic,” said wedding photographer Gretchen Bell to ABC affiliate WHAS11. “You don’t want to see a gentle person be hurt and it’s been terrible, it’s been terrible. I couldn’t believe it.”

“He was funny and he was just a delightful human,” she said. “He was gentle, and everything I know about him was loving.”

In the midst of the investigation, the Nowhere Bar released the following statement:

“First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Christopher McKinney.

Due to the pending police investigation, we are unable to comment or provide more details on the tragic incident that occurred on Sunday morning. We are fully cooperating with the authorities as well as conducting our own internal investigation into what exactly occurred, as it is always our number one priority to provide a safe environment for all of our customers.”

Sources: WHAS11, Wave3

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