Police Continue To Investigate Fatal Old City Beating, Mayor Nutter Offers Condolences

By Mike Dunn and Todd Quinones

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Three suspects got out of a car and beat a young man to death, but the driver stayed in the car. He never got out and he didn’t participate in the fight. That is the man Philadelphia police want to track down.

The horrific beating death of 23-year-old Kevin Kless caught the attention of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Nutter spoke with the grieving mother of the murdered Temple University graduate, who was beaten to death this weekend during a late night attack in Old City.

An emotional Mayor Nutter said he had “a very heartfelt” phone conversation with Kendall Kless in upstate New York, in which he expressed his condolences for the beating death of her son.

At a Martin Luther King event on Monday, Nutter said he and police would do everything they can to track down the killers of the 2010 Temple University graduate.

“I called his mother four hours ago and I said to her ‘there’s nothing I can really say to you, what can I say? That we’re deeply sorry, that we’re in pain and we’re suffering, but yours is worse.’”

It was 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning when the beating occurred on the steps of the historic Second Bank of the United States near 4th and Chestnut Streets. Kless, his girlfriend and another woman left Lucy’s bar on Market Street and headed to Chestnut Street to hail a cab. (see related stories).

Police and Kevin’s dad, John Kless, believe people must have seen the beating.

“I need anybody that was in the area at the time to please call police,” he told Eyewitness News. “I’m completely numb. I can’t say another word, I can’t cry anymore.”

At some point, police believe Kless yelled at a cabbie for having his cab light on while driving with passengers, that’s when three men in a car near the cab got out, possibly believing kless was yelling at them.

“As the decedent walked off, three of the four males in this vehicle got out and viscously and unprovoked brutally attacked him,” said Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark.

Kless was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he died Saturday night.

The City of Philadelphia is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the murder of Kevin Kless.

car description Police Continue To Investigate Fatal Old City Beating, Mayor Nutter Offers Condolences

Car Description

For the driver who stayed in the car, police contend, if he comes forward, prosecutors may be willing to work a deal with him, but if he doesn’t he will face the same charges as everyone else.

Philadelphia police investigators have released the following descriptions of the suspects:

Suspect #1: Middle-Eastern male, 20 years-of-age, 5-10″, thin build, wearing a white shirt with blue stripes.

Suspect #2: Middle-Eastern male, 20 years-of-age, 6’0″, medium build, with a maroon shirt.

Suspect #3: Middle Eastern male, 6’2, no further information.

Suspect #4: Middle Eastern male, no further information.

Police are looking at surveillance video in the area.

The car is described as a sedan, possibly maroon in color.

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  • DCRC

    While most media outlets fail to report the full story with details of the perps, I found ONE that lists the perps skin color, size, etc. Hopefully these wastes of skin can be found and brought to justice.

    Looks to be Latino or some other olive-skinned fvck face cowards.


    • seanoairborne

      It takes three non-whites to beat up and kill a young white guy.What does that say about visible minorities?

      • Humpy Brown

        Shoot low so they don’t reproduce so fast.

    • artemis133

      Yeah, I would think Latino before Middle Eastern.

  • patmurphy1965

    aahh, islam the religion of peace.

  • al gayda

    2nd amendment could have prevented this, I don’t carry a spare tire because I am afraid of having a flat, I carry a spare tire because I am afraid of having a flat and not having a spare.

    • denver bill

      Awesome comment, al. I agree.

  • stace

    thank God it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in Philly, there may have been 3 dead instead of one…pathetic

    • Indy Anna

      Disagree. After a few killed thugs they would be a little more cautious who they try to murder. Make carrying legal and you will soon see the thugs becomming far more docile. Who would miss they anyway, they have no respect for life.

      • bob

        I think Stace was being Sarcastic, I for one would carry anyway. After i popped these jjerks I would’ve tossed the gun in the bay. Gone home and gotten a good nights sleep for a job well done.

    • Dan

      You are incorrect. It is perfectly legal to conceal carry in Philadelphia or any other public property in the state of Pennsylvania, as long as you have an LTCF.

  • http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/01/17/10000-reward-offered-in-last-weekends-beating-murder-in-old-city/ $10,000 Reward Offered In Last Weekend’s Beating Murder in Old City « CBS Philly

    […] PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia has now posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the savage beating death of 23-year-old Kevin Kless early Saturday morning (see related stories). […]

  • Malcom

    It’s only getting worse for Whites as they become the minority. Whites now that adopted liberalism are targets because they are weak and do not fight back. Furthermore they probably think all whites should get beat because of the past.

  • Ryan Mouk

    It takes courage for three men to brutal beat down one man. I hope they find these cowardly bags of human waste and give them the chair. Cowards

    • Rowdy Boots


      They will get a slap on the wrists, told that they are not responsible because SOCIET HAS FAILED THEM, then,

      they will get a few years or less FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, then they will go out and MURDER ANTOTHER PERSON,




  • GVnana

    So they killed him for yelling at a car? That’s pathological.

    These maniacs need to be removed. Fast.

  • Mike

    The attackers probably thought he was Jewish. All of these attacks come from not what you do, but who you are. If he was a black thug they would have left him alone.

  • Rosemary Peppercorn

    Years ago, I was in that area with a friend at that exact time of the morning, looking for a cab. There were no cabs. There were no people. It was deserted. Absolutely deserted, even though it’s a major city.

    We had seen a comedian show (which wasn’t good at all), and the rest of the crowd walked the other way when we left the place. Later, I read that there was a stabbing in the area where they were walking toward. We were lost and couldn’t find our hotel, but after walking quite a while, we finally found it. I’d never been so afraid in my life. The entire area was a dangerous and scary place then. I can’t imagine being there now. Visitors should be warned…don’t assume there will be any cab. Just don’t go there. I feel so sorry for the young man’s family.

    • Humpy Brown

      “A Glock on your hip emboldens the meekest person.” With thanks to Jedediah Springfield for allowing me to paraphrase his motto.

    • Rowdy Boots

      A walk in Philadelphia is a walk in a war zone–any time of day.

      Until the Citizens Arm themselves and take it back from the Police and Criminals, it will remain–KILLADEPHIA, WHERE ALL GOOD LIBERALS GO TO PREACH TOLERANCE.


  • mary michaels

    So let’s just say “Muslim men.” Is this a “hate crime?
    If four white guys beat a Muslim man to death, it would be a “hate crime.”
    Hmmm, we’ll see…

    • Eric

      Israelis are “Middle-Eastern.” Odds are they were Muslim, but that’s not a guarantee.

      • seanoairborne

        I did say hate crimes….I’m losing it!!LOL

      • seanoairborne

        I should have said HATE CRIMES!Sorry!

      • seanoairborne

        Hate crimes are committed on Jewish folks 20 times more often than muslimes.Those are the facts.Last yr there were 186 crimes reported against muslimes Vs.1800 for Jews.

      • george

        in my experience, I would severely doubt they were Jewish.

    • Humpy Brown

      Actually it would be community improvement.

  • Frank Reynolds

    I wouldn’t single out the City of Brotherly Love. Many years ago in Manhattan, NYC, my wife and I were there to go to a beloved restaurant, this was our anniversary special. So of course we brought the 2 children, a girl of 7 and a boy of 9.
    I had just been pulling in to a parking spot, Sundays used to be OK then but still not easy to get a parking spot, when a car of 4 Indian men, Asian Indian, pulled up alongside and made angry gestures. I continued to park, as we had a reservation and if you don’t show up on time then you lose your place. Well as we were about to get out I was opening the door for my wife when the 4 Indian gentlemen got out and started screaming at us and one of them had opened the trunk of the car and was getting something. I quickly shut the door and LEFT. We went home, shaken. I would have thought that immigrants to America would be a little less hostile to the native population, but I was later to find out that I was extremely naive. Poor Mr Kless, his son is taken from him and the young man lost to us all.
    Sometimes diversity is NOT our strength.

    • seanoairborne


    • mary michaels

      You say Indian. I would say Muslim Indian, most likely, as I have found Hindu Indians to be truly peaceful. There is a thread here, if people would just take notice….

    • Jack Winters

      What exactly about diversity is good? I know we’ve all been brainwashed to worship at the diversity altar, but can someone please say one thing that ‘diversity’ does for a society? Was America weaker somehow in the early 1900s because we had over 90% european ancestry? Does diversity bring society together, or tear it apart? I submit that no society that tries it survives over the long term.

      • Weasler

        I agree 1000%. And fortunately, people are starting to wake up to the multiculturalism sham. They are doing so in Europe right now, but soon it will extend here, just as soon as we get rid of Booga-Booga.

    • boomer

      Diversity is seldom any country’s strength. Look at countries like India, full of religous and ethnic strife.

    • seanoairborne

      Mike,you done the right thing by getting out of there,but,speaking for myself I’d have stood my ground.By the time you got back in your car you could have been a statistic.Thank god for you and your family you weren’t.But,again,I would have stood my ground because after spending just about my whole young life being in the military (US PARATROOPER,Vietnam Vet)I would have felt so threatened that I would have had my hand on my gun (I’ve carried for about 40yrs and just this past yr I finally got my CCP)I would have killed all of them to protect my family.But,we’re different kinds of people.I admire folks like you for your sense and judgement.But never let those superlatives get in the way of protecting you and yours!If you have concealed carry in your state,arm yourself.It’s much better to be judged by twelve than carried by six!

      • seanoairborne

        I meant FRANK!!

  • JT

    This is what LBJ’s Great Society has wrought: packs of feral humans roaming the streets of our cities.

    • George


      You, sir, are delusional.

      You want to pretend that the liberal agenda doesn’t encourage these things, go right ahead. But first answer me this:

      Which political party runs 95% of the most violent cities in this country? Detroit, LA, Philly, Camden, Newark, etc., etc., etc. All are run by a bunch of liberal Democrats, and have been for a very long time. You might like to pretend otherwise, but the proof is in the pudding.

      • Jack Winters

        Don’t waste your time talking to a godless liberal like mikey. You can’t fix them. You would have time better spent pulling up a lawnchair in your back yard and talking to your oak tree for a half an hour. You would accomplish the same thing, but feel a lot better after.

    • KatieS

      Thank you JT for providing that name…feral humans…what most humans will be if liberals continue to lead the country. Can’t people see that they’ve taken morality out of society. That is what must be done to achieve socialism/marxism/communism. If you doubt that, google the term “communist 45;” a list of things that must be achieved for this country to become communist. Removing religion and morality are necessary, along with taking over the teachers, unions, a political party, and the media. Almost there utopians…

      • Mike Old City

        OMG! Crackpot! So abortion and gay marriage is to blame? Like there is some secret liberal agenda to turn the country communist? LMFAO!! The conservative party has been taken over by nutwing Christian fundamentalists who are driving this country into the ground. FYI…the country was founded on a seperation of church and state! Just about every war in the history of the world has been started over religion…but that is what will save us? I hope there is a god so all the people like you get raptured….when is that radio lunatic on your side saying that will be now!! LOL!

      • boomer


        Who the hell said it was a SECRET liberal agenda? It’s right out in the open.

  • LEL

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has a Herculean task before him. Without God’s help, reversing the trend of total chaos will be hopeless. Say a little prayer for Nutter. Say a little prayer for America.

    • KatieS

      2 Chronicles 7:14 says:

      “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

      God is the only one with the power to change things…and Christians have the power to invoke his help…Christians hold the key IF THEY WILL DO IT.

      • denver bill

        The Lord helps those who help themselves. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

      • J W

        Jeremiah 15-1: Then said the Lord unto me,Though Moses and Samuel stood before me,yet my mind could not be toward this people;cast them out of my sight,and let them go forth. And I will appoint over them four kinds,saith the Lord: The sword to slay,the dogs to tear,the fowls of the heavens,and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. As a Christian prophet-which I am sure you will deny-this is where this wicked Nation is at. America has breached the bounds of God’s patience.I know of two catastrophes that God has appointed to this Nation: New York will soon be destroyed by an Atomic Bomb and the middle west will be devastated by a great earthquake along the New Madrid fault line.God said He will shake this Nation till He Has broken the staff of the wicked. Issiah 14-5.No amount of prayer will stop this coming judgment.

    • Mike Old City

      He doesn’t need god or prayers….he needs money! The city is broke and can’t afford the police presence needed to make a difference.

      • boomer

        All the more reason for all decent people to go armed at all times.

  • Joe Doakes

    Self defense tip for those out and about at 2:30a m. If you can’t run. Turn around. Put your hand in your pocket and look the enemy right tin the eye. If you were smart you’ve got something in your pocket, if you are not, bluff it.

    This guy did not deserve this. I hope that they find these people and do the same to them.

  • Ralph

    Why isn’t there a website for parents, teens, and young white adults that post dangerous places they should avoid and the times of days to avoid them? It’s the only way to protect our kids.

    • Joe Doakes

      Once your kids reach drivers license age you can’t protect them. They are on their own. You have to teach them commonsense before then. If you leave it to the politically correct crowd you’ll be doing your children a disservice.

    • mary michaels

      Join and support the NRA. Join and support the Tea Party and Conservatism.

      • KatieS

        If Obama is elected to a second term, our 2nd Amendment rights will probably be lost. People criticized Glen Beck for his extreme warnings about the streets becoming war zones, but I feel sure he is right. Let’s face it…evil hates good…and the evil one is working overtime.

    • boomer

      There is a website, the Census Bureau; you’d be amazed at the cornucopia of
      population data on there. Before you venture into an unknown area, especially after dark, look up its racial demographics. Generally, the darker the population, the more dangerous the area is.

  • Les Lovett

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has a Herculean task before him. Without God’s help it is a hopeless task.

  • kitt

    Wish he would have been armed. Definitely better to have 3 dead thugs and him alive.

    • jmcaul

      What are the Conceal Carry laws in Philadelphia?

      • Michael Baram

        You need a PA concealed carry permit, or a permit from another state that PA recognizes. In theory, PA is also an open carry state, but don’t expect the liberal government of Philadelphia to remember that law or respect it.
        Wouldn’t it be nice if all states followed Arizona’s lead?

      • GunOwner

        since he was coming out of a bar he wouldn’t have been able to legally carry a firearm anyway.

      • Ken

        It’s not illegal to carry in bars or banks in Colorado.

  • joedoe

    Is this considered a hate crime?

    • JimSim

      Probably. The victim and his friends will be charged with inciting a riot due to their hatred of middle-eastern men.

    • kitt

      The DOJ doesn’t consider any crime against a white person a hate crime. They turn away all cases.

    • AvgDude

      No, because beating white people to death for being white is not considered a hate crime by the DoJ because the DoJ is run by people who hate white people and would like to further encourage anti-white violence by not taking any action to stop it.

      • Chiefgeorge

        Its not a hate crime because only Whites beat minorities to death for no reasons and therefore need special protections to place greater sentences on those persons even though murder is murder (sic).

      • KatieS

        Correct AvgDude. Holder hates white people and will excuse criminals who kill them.

  • Yeah Right

    That’s why PA issues concealed carry permits. Kill the vermin before they get you. Tragic incident indeed. By-the-way what color were the perps? i can probably guess.

    • FrankStalloneDeadrat

      They’re Arabs. Read the story, moron.

      • Weasler

        Would just LOVE to blow their brains out. Praise Allah.

      • sjoh26

        Sand nkiggers, philly nkiggers – its all the same

    • Daryn

      it says at the bottom that the perps were middle eastern

  • http://www.philebrity.com/2012/01/17/cops-appeal-to-driver-in-savage-old-city-beating/ philebrity.com » Blog Archive » Cops Appeal To Driver In Savage Old City Beating

    […] Kless on Saturday night in Old City. Knowing now that the car in question was a brown Mazda, police told CBS3 late last night:For the driver who stayed in the car, police contend, if he comes forward, […]

  • DCRC

    There’s no problem at all to mention the race of the perps, why is the media so afraid? How are we going to find these dirt bags if we don’t know their description??

    Yes, I want to know their color….. Media too afraid it might cause a race riot. Please! Give some justice to the f’n victim and let us find these mother fvckers. I’m sure the race of these turds is listed in a story that’s not liberal and afraid of itself.

    • Joe

      Read the article, Einstein, it’s listed. Middle Eastern … plain as day.

    • boomer

      Well this article does mention their race. If it had been blacks, you can be sure
      the race would NOT have been mentioned. Journalists, in general, try to hide the race when it’s a black perp. They think that the public is dumb enough to not know what’s going on and that if they keep it from us, we’ll never know. Yes, they ARE that stupid.

  • Bill12776

    A conservative is a liberal who got mugged. Philadelphia citizens wont make a change until collectively they’ve been mugged severly enough. Philly now has more murders than there are days so far in this New Year – yet we haven’t been mugged enough yet. Thugs are allowed to roam the city. Nutter is simply inept. The city’s citizens deserve the government they voted for. Ultimately, it’s our fault.

  • KXG

    Mayor Nutter should make an effort to shut this city down as he said he would do>

  • Cin Petill

    Mayor Nutter handled this horrific situation with utmost aplomb. He really has a difficult job on his hands running a city the size of Philadelphia. I stand behind him.

    • bill1776

      “Aplomb”, yes that’s what we need to clean out the thugs. Good one!

    • Dave

      I will be more than happy to stand behind Nutter — when the shooting starts. What exactly did he handle Cin?

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