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NEW JERSEY: Internet "Celebrity" Sought In Grisly Murder Of Gay Man

A homeless viral video star famed on the internet as "Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker" is being sought for the murder of a gay New Jersey man.
The suspect is identified as Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, a 34-year-old who is well known on Facebook and YouTube. An arrest warrant has been issued for McGillvary in the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr. in Clark, New Jersey, WABC-TV in New York reported. McGillvary is homeless but considers himself "homefree" and relies on the generosity of strangers for food, lodging and transportation. He is also known as Kai Lawrence, Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus. Based on the investigation, authorities say McGillvary has cut his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance. Investigators also released an updated photo of McGillvary, showing him with that shorter hair along with a distinctive face tattoo. The victim, 73-year-old Joseph Galfy, was found inside his home on Starlite Drive in Clark, New Jersey on May 13th after officers received a call to check on his well-being. An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, said Romankow.
Neighbors report that the victim had been living alone since his partner died five years ago. The still at-large suspect is claiming that he was drugged and raped, according to his Facebook post reported by the Star-Ledger:
"what would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a strangers house... walked to the mirror and seen ... dripping from the side of your face from your mouth, and started wretching, realizing that someone had drugged, raped, and (had sex with you)? what would you do?”
A YouTube interview with the suspect has garnered 3.7 million views since it was posted three months ago.  In the clip, he claims to have "smashed" someone repeatedly with a hatchet, hence his name.

(Tipped by JMG readers Blair and Edward)

UPDATE: He's been arrested.

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