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Dead Dancers' Families Incensed At Release Of Video

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

March 22, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Los Angeles, California) The families of two men who died while on holiday in Montreal last summer are incensed that the men's agent is releasing a p*** video taken shortly before their deaths.

Steve Wright, a native of Guerneville, in northern California, and Mark Kraynak of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, had been performing at Remington's a gay strip club in Toronto and decided to visit Montreal with their agent, Stephan Sirard and a friend before returning home.

Kraynak and Wright left their Montreal hotel early August 22 and Kraynack called one of the other two friends from a taxi to say they were going to an after-hours club in suburban Laval.

That was the last anyone heard from them.

Their bodies were found in September in a Laval quarry (story) near the club.

Autopsies revealed no trace of knife or bullet wounds or other signs of violence. A Laval police spokesperson said that tape from a video surveillance camera outside the club showed Kraynack and Wright jumping out of the cab and running with the driver in pursuit.

The men apparently jumped the fence surrounding the quarry but did not realize it was a shear drop of 50-feet. Warning signs on the fence were in French only, a language neither man spoke.

Before leaving for Montreal the pair appeared in an adult video made by Sirard. It will be released next week and Sirard says he intends to donate a portion of the film's proceeds to Wright's biological mother, Cheryl Crockett.

But, Wright's stepmother, accuses Sirard of distorting the facts. Tawni Wright said her stepson had little to do with his biological mother. She said that she and his father, Frank Wright had raised him.

The mother of Mark Kraynak accused Sirard of capitalizing on her son's death.

Janice Kraynak said she is "sickened" that Sirard and Crockett stand to profit from the men's deaths and is exploring legal action to stop the film from being released.

"He said it is something the boys would have wanted, but that is not true of my son," Kraynak said.

Kraynak had served with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq until early last year. He received a Purple Heart for injuries received in Iraq.

With ambitions of becoming a high-fashion model while he was still stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., he signed up with the Atlanta office of the French Connection agency.

But, soon Kraynak became involved with the p*** industry.

Unlike Kraynak, Wright enjoyed his work as a gay stripper. Wright was considered by other dancers at Remington's to be "a party boy" and liked the life that the money stripping provided.

The video is being marketed as a "straight" video but reportedly contains "solo scenes".

©365Gay.com 2006

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