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Broadway Dancer Sentenced in 2016 Killing of His Boyfriend

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Mar 15, 2019
Marcus Bellamy (left); and  Bernardo Almonte (right)
Marcus Bellamy (left); and Bernardo Almonte (right)  (Source:Facebook)

A Broadway dancer who was convicted last month in the 2016 murder of his boyfriend has now been sentenced to 20 years, reported news sources.

Marcus Bellamy had been a dancer in the Broadway fiasco "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," as well as the Julie Taymor film "Across the Universe," and had completed filming on another movie — a gay thriller — when he reportedly killed 27-year-old Bernardo Almonte.

People magazine reported on the slaying at the time, quoting a police spokesperson as saying that a neighbor saw Bellamy leaving the apartment building where he lived with Almonte "with blood on his hands, then inquired what happened," to which Bellamy replied that he had " 'hurt' the victim."

The neighbor went to check on Almonte and found him lying in his apartment, unresponsive. Almonte was declared dead at a hospital.

The killing — which reports said was fueled by a "meth binge" — was accompanied by alarming posts at Bellamy's Facebook page.

"I am god," one Aug. 19, 2016, post read. "I give life and can take it away. So let it be. #therapture"

A subsequent post from the same date read, "Forgive me. I did it because I love you." That post went on to say, "He told me love and hate are the same emotion." The post ended with, "I did it for love. For god. On high."

Entertainment site Movieplayer said that Bellamy addressed Almonte's family before his sentencing and told them that he and Almonte "smoked a lot of crystal together." He added, "That day I thought your son was the devil. I didn't want to do what I did."

Lat summer, "The Breeding" - the film Bellamy had finished working on before the killing — was released. World of Wonder described the film as follows:

It's a "racially charged erotic thriller called 'The Breeding' (which right there sounds a bit ugh) "about a young artist whose obsession with a taboo fetish leads to life-altering consequences."

News of the sentencing brought a few commentators to Bellamy's still-active Facebook page, where they left messages.

"The murderer got 20 years," one individual posted. "Not nearly enough but AT LEAST the victim got justice."

Wrote another, "He just got 20 years... rest in peace Almonte."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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