PILSEN — A Pilsen cafe will hold a fundraiser and honor a beloved co-worker who was killed last week in River West.
On Thursday, Step Down Cafe at 2023 S. Racine Ave. will host a fundraiser for barista Kenneth “Kenny” Paterimos in Pilsen.
Owner Leonel “Leo” Rodriguez said 100 percent of sales made from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday will be given to the family to help cover funeral expenses.
The fundraiser will honor his lively spirit and raise money for funeral expenses, the shop posted on their Instagram page.
The fundraiser comes nearly a week after the 23-year-old was brutally stabbed outside Richard’s Bar, 491 N. Milwaukee Ave. and then collapsed inside the bar.
His attacker yelled homophobic slurs at him before the stabbing, witnesses told police.
Paterimos was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Paterimos’ death a homicide.
The 30-year-old attacker, who served in the military, was taken into custody at the scene, where a box cutter was also found, a police source said. Despite this, the alleged attacker was released without charges.
Family and friends called for more answers from police and justice after learning Paterimos’ attackers were released Sunday night.
Paterimos’ family described him as an “old soul” with a big personality who loved his family and meeting people.
“He made me feel special, and that was just like, it takes a special person to make you feel that special,” his mother Diona Bueno said. “He had an energy like you wouldn’t believe.”
Step Down Cafe owner Rodriguez described Paterimos as a hard worker and a great people person who cared about the patrons of the coffee shops.
“I know he cared about the restaurant, making it better,” Rodriguez said. “He would say, ‘Leo, we need this, we need that.’ … He was one of the hardest workers I had.”
You can donate to Kenneth Paterimos GoFundMe here.
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