'Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker' sought for murder

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com  |  May 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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A man well-known on Facebook and Youtube as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" is now being sought for the murder of 73-year-old Joseph Galfy, Jr. in northern New Jersey.

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 34, is better known as Kai, made headlines earlier this year after he saved two people from being violently attacked by a man with apparent racial motivations who also claimed he was Jesus. McGillvary gave a memorable, profanity-laced local news interview and described himself as "homefree" rather than homeless.

He is also known as Kai Lawrence, Caleb Kai Lawrence and Kai Nicodemus, and relies on the support of strangers for food, transpiration and lodging.

WPVI-TV reports the victim was found inside his home on May 13 after officers received a call to check on his well-being. Galfy was a reliable attorney and when he didn't show up for work Monday friends and coworkers knew something was wrong.

Police found him unconscious. An autopsy determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Neighbors said Galfy lived there for about 15 years and he had been living alone since his longtime partner died about five years ago.

It was not immediately known how McGillvary ended up in Galfy's home, but investigators say they know McGillvary has altered his appearance by cutting his hair.

The Union County Homicide Task Force is working with local, state, and Federal officials to locate McGillvary, last seen at a light rail station in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He is charged with murder in Union County and bail has been set at $3 million.

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