Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Gay man found dead in Hayes Valley apartment

Alkoraishie Ali, left, and Keith Harris in undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Gus Bean.)

The body of Keith Harris, right, seen in this undated photo with his boyfriend, Alkoraishie Ali, was discovered in Hayes Valley on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Gus Bean.)

The man who was found dead in Hayes Valley Thursday, November 2, was Keith Harris, 48, a gay man whose boyfriend is now missing, according to people who knew Harris.

The medical examiner’s office has not confirmed the name of the man who died, but Paul Novales, the manager of the Estrella Apartments at 340 Hayes Street, said that he got a call at about 2 p.m. Thursday because Harris hadn’t been seen in a couple days.

Novales said that he knocked on Harris’ door, but there was no response, so he unlocked it.

When he opened the door, there were “big drops” of blood “on the floor and smears of blood on the wall and the door going into the bathroom,” he said. He immediately walked away from the door to the apartment and called 911.

Novales said that there was an open door inside the one-room apartment that blocked the view of the rest of the unit, and he didn’t see Harris’ body.

He said that a woman who lives next to Harris’ apartment heard “loud voices” coming from there at about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 1, but she couldn’t tell what was being said.

Police said that Harris had suffered “stab wounds” and that a knife was used as the weapon, but they have not released much more information.

Harris was an “absolutely nice, normal guy,” said Novales, “the kind of tenant that everyone wishes they had.”

He said that he didn’t know very well Harris’ partner, Alkoraishie Ali, and police have not announced Ali as a suspect. Ali hasn’t responded to Facebook messages from the Bay Area Reporter.

Longtime San Francisco party promoter Gus Bean, who was friends with the couple, said that Ali, who’s in his early 20s, has frequently worked for him as a go-go dancer.

“Nobody seems to know where he is,” said Bean. “His phone goes to voicemail.”

He added, “They seemed like a perfectly happy couple. … Keith’s an absolute sweetheart, the sweetest guy ever,” and “Ali seemed like a really sweet guy.”

Bean said that he didn’t know of Ali having any trouble involving drugs or crime.

“When he came to work at the parties, he seemed completely sober and always did a really great job and was definitely professional,” he said.

Besides dancing, Ali has also worked at the Body clothing store on Castro Street. One worker there Thursday declined to comment, indicating he was too busy.

Residents of the building described Harris as a kind man and said they weren’t aware of him having any trouble. Several people said they did not recognize Ali from photos on his Facebook page.

The B.A.R. will have more on this story in the Thursday, November 9 edition of the paper.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 3, 2017 @ 5:23 pm PST
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