Detectives suspect a hook-up may have lead to the vicious beating death of a gay San Francisco man. The body of 51-year-old Clyde "Leo" Neville was discovered August 3, reports the Bay Area Reporter. Neville lived in subsidized housing for low-income and disabled people living with HIV/AIDS.
Family members described Neville, who had AIDS, as being friendly despite having a drinking problem. There were no signs of forced entry and Neville's body was found partially clothed. [Police] said it's possible Neville was killed after hooking up with somebody, but he wouldn't say much more about the circumstances leading up to the death.
[Detectives] said police believe the suspect is somebody Neville brought home. Police are looking into whether theft was involved and [don't] believe Neville's death was the result of a hate crime.
Neville's nephew Anthony Harris, who lives in Los Angeles, said he couldn't understand why it's taking so long to find out who was last with Neville. He said surveillance cameras should have at least captured anyone he brought into the building.
"If you knew my uncle, you loved him," said Harris. Neville had been dealing with loneliness, said Harris, and liked to drink. ... He said his uncle had a habit of meeting other gay men, "and then wanting to take them home. I kept trying to explain to him, ''You can't just take people home any more,' [but Neville] did what he wanted to do," Harris said.
Neville reportedly "regularly attended" meetings of the Black Brothers Esteem program, which is a prevention and empowerment invention by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The program addresses "not only issues related to HIV, but also with racism, addiction, poverty, homophobia, violence and marginal housing."
HIV/AIDS cases are rapidly increasing among San Francisco's Black and Latino gay men. Black men account "for the highest incidence rates of HIV cases among men" in San Francisco, BAR reported in May.
The funeral was yesterday. Police have made no arrests and apparently have no suspects.