Actor Kevin Bacon Honors Murdered Gay Man Who Shared His Name

The Michigan victim was allegedly killed by a man he met on Grindr.

Actor Kevin Bacon paid tribute this week to a slain gay Michigan man who had the same name.

The 25-year-old Swartz Creek resident was allegedly killed by an older man he met through Grindr on Christmas Eve.

“For obvious reasons, I’m thinking this morning about the friends and family of this young person Kevin Bacon,” the 61-year-old Footloose star wrote in an Instagram post. “His life was taken from him much too soon. His love was hair dressing. I bet he would have done a great job on this mess on my head. RIP KB.”

Karl Bacon, the victim’s father, told MLive he used to get teased for giving his son the name. “I wanted the same initials, but I didn’t want Karl Jr. so that made sense,” he said. “The other Kevin Bacon wasn’t quite as famous as he is now.”

That other Kevin Bacon wasn’t the only celebrity to send condolences. Makeup artist and Youtube personality Jeffree Star donated $20,000 to a GoFundMe page created to help cover Bacon’s funeral costs. “I’m devastated to hear of the passing of someone from Michigan who lived their life fearlessly and was taken too soon,” Star tweeted. “Please help his family in this horrible time.”

Michelle Myers, Bacon’s friend and roommate, told MLive Bacon was meeting a man he met through Grindr on Christmas Eve. His family called police after he didn’t show up for breakfast on Christmas Day.

Bacon’s car was later discovered in a parking lot with his phone, wallet, and a bag of clothes. His body was finally found December 28 at Mark Latunski’s home in Bennington Township.

Latunski, 50, was arraigned this week on charges of murder and mutilation of a human body. He appeared via video from an undisclosed location and was appointed a public defender.

A preliminary examination was set for January 8 with a pretrial on January 14. Latunski will be held pending trial with no bond as per a request from prosecutors. If found guilty, he faces up to life in prison.

Michigan State Police responded to a call at Latunski’s house last year when a partially clothed man, who claimed to be there consensually, was chased from the residence. No complaints were filed.

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