October 20, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Gay man allegedly murdered at Echo Park sober living home

Frank Rogers was “One of the sweetest kindest souls on earth,” a friend told The Pride Los Angeles.
Frank Rogers was “One of the sweetest kindest souls on earth,” a friend told The Pride Los Angeles.

BY TROY MASTERS  |  Nicholas James Bowling, aka Nick James, 28, who lost both legs in 2012 after he crashed a police car he had stolen into a telephone pole on La Brea Avenue at San Vicente, was arrested on July 8, 2016, suspected of killing Frank Rogers, 48.  

Bowling has struggled for several years with substance abuse and has lived in a variety of rehabs and sober living homes throughout Los Angeles.  Bowling had most recently been living at an Echo Park Sober Living home at Waterloo and Elsinore Streets where he is said to have strangled Rogers, who was visiting him, during what police called a “domestic dispute.”

An enraged Bowling is said to have overpowered Rogers and locked him into what police describe as a “choke-hold” that he held until Rogers was lifeless.

It is not clear when police were called to the scene.  Bowling was taken into custody by LAPD Northeast at 6pm on July 8 and book on July 9 at 3am.

Nicholas Bowling, aka Nick James.
Nicholas James Bowling, aka Nick James.

A hearing is set for July 12 at 8am.  He is currently being held at Los Angeles’ Inmate Reception Center at 450 Bouchet Street.  Bail has been set at $2,000,000.

Rogers, a well known and highly regarded member of Los Angeles’ recovery community, is described as a loving, caring and kind soul. “One of the sweetest kindest souls on earth,” Dulce Harris wrote on Rogers’ Facebook page.

He was known to be a generous mentor and supporter of Bowling.  Acquaintances say they were ‘on again and off again’ boyfriends.  

Rogers worked, according to KTLA’s Dave Mecham, “in a sales capacity at a law firm” in Los Angeles.  On his Facebook page, Nick James claims to also work at a law firm.

Bowling is known to be simultaneously irascible and charming.  “He often said he was the most beautiful man in West Hollywood. He thinks the world owes him;  he certainly had a problem with gratitude, especially when his charm worked,” said an acquaintance who asked to remain anonymous. “He uses his disability,” the sources says.

Bowling has a history of violent behavior against his intimate partners and was arrested previously on domestic violence charges in Boone County, Kentucky in June of 2012.

Case in point, a Facebook post Bowling wrote on June 1: “I walked into court this morning on a probation tech violation. Half of me was a lil freaked out, I almost posted wish me luck but I don’t believe in luck, I believe in faith. Everyone had their attorneys and I waived council to see the judge in person. Before I went up I said ‘god let me stay humble and let me be grateful and if I forget to be humble and grateful and lose my way help guide me back so I can fullfill (sic) my destiny in whatever that may be.’ I was out of there in less than 15 min.”

Frank Rogers may have been concerned about his relationship with Bowling.  

In his final post on Facebook, on July 2, six days before Bowling allegedly murdered him, he wrote, “The main lesson I took from this year is not every body has a place in your life. If you aren’t getting what you need, and they are getting everything they need….dismiss this from your life…they either lift or drag you, don’t turn a seasonable person, into a lifetime person who sucks you of your joy”

Related Posts

Los Angeles LGBT Center Opens New Facility In South Los Angeles

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Los Angeles LGBT Center has opened a new facility in South Los Angeles to serve the health needs of LGBT...

WeHo To Support Cleanup and Wildlife Rescue Efforts After Orange County Oil Spill

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The City of West Hollywood Activates ‘West Hollywood Responds’, a program to encourage donations to support cleanup and wildlife rescue...

OUT On The Mountain At Six Flags Magic Mountian

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

Six Flags Magic Mountain celebrated LGBTQ Pride with its annual OUT on the Mountain event on Friday, September 17th.  Out...

Caitlyn Jenner Expresses Outrage After California Recall Vote

September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021

Republican candidate Caitlyn Jenner received only one percent of the California recall vote.  The 2021 California gubernatorial recall election was...

Elvira Shocks Fans By Coming Out Of The Closet

September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021

Just in time for Halloween, the spook queen herself, Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira, has come out of the closet.  In...

Britney Spears Announces Engagement

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari have announced their engagement.  Asghari’s talent manager Brandon Cohen of BAC Talent confirmed in...

MS-13’s Stronghold On MacArthur Park And Transphobia

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

MS-13, a vicious street gang, continues its stronghold on MacArthur Park making it unsafe for many who visit but specifically...

California State To Outlaw “Stealthing”

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

California could soon become the first state to outlaw “stealthing”, the vile practice of removing a condom during sex without...

Teacher Removed After Having Class Pledge Allegiance To The Pride Flag

September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

Kristin Pitzen, a teacher at Back Bay High School in Costa Mesa, who posted a video to social media of...

Sticker Printing – Everything You Need To Know

September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

As a Los Angeles-based business owner, educator, or entrepreneur, you want to be able to get your brand or message...

Things You Do Not Know About The Boxer Dog

August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

Every canine has a specific character. Dogs remain to be the most sought-after pets in the US. In 2017, there...

How is CBD Oil for Dogs made?

August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

Many folks know about CBD oil and its attendant benefits for themselves and their canine friends. Sadly, not many know...

What Casinos in la Built and Opened in 2021 and What’s Coming in 2022

August 23, 2021

August 23, 2021

Las Vegas stays busy, especially with gamblers touring the city. If you are a punter seeking no deposit bonus casino...

Matt Damon Admits To Using Anti-Gay Slur But Then Backtracks

August 15, 2021

August 15, 2021

Actor Matt Damon has gotten himself into hot water with fans part of the LGBTQ community after admitting that he...

AltaMed Health Services to Host “Inclusion Beyond Pride: A Queer Art Show”

August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021

AltaMed Health Services, will host “Inclusion Beyond Pride: A Queer Art Show” on Friday, Aug. 6, 6-10 p.m. in Los...