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José Sucuzhañay dead after Brooklyn hate crime attack


José O. Sucuzhañay

José O. Sucuzhañay

31-year-old real estate broker José O. Sucuzhañay died on Friday, December 12th, after spending five days on a ventilator in a brain-dead condition.

Sucuzhañay and his brother Romel were walking home arm-in-arm after a night of drinking in a Brooklyn bar when three assailants attacked the brothers, having mistaken them as gay. The attackers emerged from a maroon SUV, yelling, “Check out those faggots over there.” The attackers also shouted racial epithets. Witnesses said the murderers first smashed a bottle over Sucuzhañay’s head and then struck him in the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

Gay City News describes the attack this way:

According to police, one assailant broke the bottle over Sucuzhanay’s head. After the victim fell to the ground, another of the attackers began beating him with the bat. Romel Sucuzhanay managed to flee from the path of the first assailant who chased after him with the broken beer bottle. He finally prevailed on the men to stop beating his brother when he showed them that he had a cellphone to use to call police.

Sucuzhañay’s mother was still on her way from Ecuador when José died at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. The family had hoped to keep their brother alive on life support long enough for their mother to arrive and say good-bye to her son.

A third brother, Diego Sucuzhañay, calls his brother’s death “a loss beyond words.”

Sources:

Gay City News: “Hate Crime Victim Brain-Dead”

Box Turtle Bulletin: “Capital Crime: Appearing Gay”

Newsday: “Immigrant dead in possible hate crime”

Box Turtle Bulletin: “Brooklyn Hate Crime Victim Dies”

December 16, 2008 - Posted by | Beatings and battery, Bludgeoning, Hate Crimes, Latino and Latina Americans, Mistaken as LGBT, New York, Racism, Slurs and epithets

2 Comments

  1. Thank your for your support to our family.

    TO CONTACT JOSE O. SUCUZHANAY’S FAMILY PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL AT Sucuzhanay@Gmail.com
    PLEASE HELP US FIND OUR BROTHER’S KILLERS!!
    Sincerely,
    Diego Sucuzhanay, All The Sucuzhanay family

    We need your Help to stop Hate crimes in New York, US

    Comment by Sucuzhanay | December 29, 2008

  2. […] of Latino and Latina folk, gay, bi, transgender and straight often converges in a terrible way.  Jose Sucuzhañay, and his brother, Romel,  Ecuadorans visiting the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY were brutally […]

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