“Kevin wasn’t an abuser and I don’t want them to make him out that way,” LaCava said of the police report quoting Lovejoy as saying Paul was an abusive man.
LaCava, a volunteer at the Catholic Charities Open Hand Pantry on Ashland Street, said she met Paul about three years ago when he became a volunteer at the pantry. He continued to work there until his death, she said.
“Kevin would show up with all sorts of injuries, including constant black eyes from being punched by Sue and bruises all over his legs,” LaCava said. “He told us that Sue would inflict wounds on herself, such as hitting herself with a bat. Then she would report it to police and say that Kevin did it to her.
“At first, Kevin would tell me he got hurt when he fell, or that he bumped into something,” she said. “Eventually he told me what was happening. He was like her crash test dummy and he’d tell us he got beat up by Sue for not bringing her the pills she wanted. Kevin had a black eye 99 percent of the time from being punched by her. It’s probably why he never liked to have his picture taken.
“Kevin told me that in the past he’d reported things about Sue to the police, but that they would not listen,” she said. “Kevin told us he’d end up in court and that he was even sent to jail because of her.”
LaCava said Paul would often confide in her and her husband about his desire to stop drinking alcohol.
“He was going to counseling weekly and for his appointments they would call us and we’d remind Kevin as we saw him every day,” LaCava said.
“We’d get Kevin cell phones ... but when Sue found them she’d take them so that Kevin couldn’t call anyone,” LaCava said. “Kevin was on prescription medication for depression and told us that Sue would take it from him so he’d always be depressed. He’d tell us that she would take things from him when he was asleep, including his EBT card.”