2008_12_hcwanted.jpgAuthorities and activists are offering a $27,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and convictions in the brutal beating of an Ecuadorian immigrant. A waiter turned business owner, Jose Sucuzhanay was walking in Bushwick, arm in arm with his brother because they were drunk. A group of men yelled anti-gay, as well as anti-Hispanic, epithets at them and used an aluminum bat and broken bottle to beat Sucuzhanay, who was declared brain dead but remains on life support (his family is awaiting his parents). WCBS 2 reports, "It's a black-on-Hispanic hate crime that has alarmed leaders from both groups. " The Reverend Herbert Daughtry, who contributed to the reward money, said, "It is profoundly painful. I don't know what the reasons are. People just motivated by hatred, by a sense of despair." The incident, already considered a hate crime, is now being treated as a homicide.