Friends feel victim targeted

Homicide officers are sifting through security footage in the hopesthat it will lead them to the identity of the suspects responsible forattacking, running over, and killing Christopher Skinner early Sundaymorning.

Homicide officers are sifting through security footage in the hopes that it will lead them to the identity of the suspects responsible for attacking, running over, and killing Christopher Skinner early Sunday morning.

Det. Stacey Gallant, the lead homicide investigator on the case, said he’s not sure yet whether the deadly assault was caught on video, but the tapes will likely allow police to provide an accurate description of the men and the vehicle believed to have been involved.

The attack occurred around 3 a.m. when the 27-year-old was on his way home from a night out celebrating his sister Taryn’s birthday.

Ashley McAreavey, one of the victim’s lifelong friends, said Skinner and Taryn left the Entertainment District together, but soon split up.

According to police, Skinner was confronted by at least two men in an SUV near Adelaide Street East and Victoria Street. The men assaulted Skinner, return­ed to their vehicle and ran him over before fleeing.

Some of the victim’s friends have voiced their concern that the assault may have been related to the fact Skinner was gay, said McAreavey.

Gallant said the notion the assault was related to Skinner’s sexuality is “pure speculation.”

 
 
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