Popular San Antonio Drag Queen Murdered!
(SAN ANTONIO, TX) A San Antonio man murdered in his home in the 500 block of Blue Bonnet Wednesday was a well-known drag queen. Torrance Cheeves, 51, was found after co-workers alerted police when Cheeves when he didn’t show up to work.
Thursday afternoon, the Bexar County Medical Examiner ruled Cheeves died from a stab wound to his neck. The community is in shock!
“We were all in tears. We can’t believe that someone who was so kind to everyone would meet such a horrible ending,” said Joan Duckworth, office manager at The Bonham Exchange night club. “Torrance was the sweetest man you have ever met in your life. He was such a great guy. It doesn’t make sense.”
Duckworth described Cheeves as a “gentle giant” who was a crowd favorite when he performed in drag as “Miss Whoochie.” Duckworth said his presence helped make the club’s annual Chili Queen cookoff an official Fiesta event that raises money for the San Antonio Aids Foundation.
San Antonio police are investigating Cheeves’ death as a murder but his friends worry his alternative lifestyle could also be a factor in his death. They said they’re fearful he may be the victim of a hate crime.
“I pray that’s not the truth but I think maybe it could be,” Duckworth said. “Because what’s going on in the world these days, people are not as loving and accepting of each other as they should be.”