Gay man found murdered in northeast Dallas

Aaron Cheung, left, in an ad for his restaurant

Aaron Cheung, 27, was found dead in his car by a passerby at 3:20 a.m. on Dec. 12, according to police reports. He died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Cheung was an early organizer and member of Youth First Texas and the Resource Center group men’s group Fuse. He was born in West Islip, N.Y., on Long Island. He graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School in South Carolina and then moved to Dallas with his family nine years ago. From the Dallas Police Department:

At about 3:20 a.m. on December 12, 2010, a passerby found Aaron Cheung, a 27-year-old male, dead in his parked car near his apartment home in the 8100 block of Skillman in northeast Dallas. He appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of his death. Homicide detectives are actively working this case which is reported on service number 339510X. There are no identified witnesses in this case at this time and no other information available.

According to Chueng’s former roommate, he was shot outside his parents’ home in an apparent robbery. He had moved back in with his parents just a week earlier. Cheung owned the restaurant Bacon & Friends in Mesquite, which was still in its first year of operation.

From Chueng’s MySpace page:

I love to cook, dining out, sappy movies, romantic sillies… there’s more… I love cars! Just got my 5th car in the last 7 years (this one’s gotta stick for a while). I also enjoy midnight drives to nowhere, going to the mall and shopping for nothing, good friends and GREAT times. Started a weight loss thing…. be on it for about 3 months… lost about 35lbs so i guess that’s an intrest as well I’m also a memeber with FUSE, check it out! www.getyourfuseon.com

DPD homicide detectives are working the case. LGBT police liaison Laura Martin is also looking into the matter. We’ll provide more details as soon as they’re available.

—  David Taffet

Pyles announces line-up for celeb chef dinner

For 10 years, Stephan Pyles has hosted an autumn harvest dinner and auction to raise money for his culinary scholarship fund, attracting top talent to join him in the kitchen for an Iron Chef-like cook-off. This year’s star cooks are: Blaine Staniford of Grace in Fort Worth (formerly with Scene and Fuse); Matt Raso of Nobu; Jeffrey Harris of Craft; Tim Byres of Smoke (and formerly Pyles’ exec at his eponymous eatery); Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate; and of course Pyles and current exec Matt McCallister. Also cooking will be Pyles’ 2010 scholarship winner Keith Hildebrandt. The event kicks off on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. with a reception. The cost is $150, inclusive of tax and tip. Visit WineFoodFoundation.org to make a reservation.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones