This morning, seven teenagers will be arraigned for the fatal stabbing of a Hispanic man on Saturday night. Suffolk police believe it is a hate crime because the teens--ages 16 and 17--"told detectives that they were looking to beat someone of Latino heritage," according to Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick. The 37-year-old victim Marcello Lucero and another man, who were headed to Elder Fernandez's house, were allegedly attacked by the teens at Railroad Avenue and Sephton Street in Patchogue. The second man fled and called the police; Lucero was found bleeding by Fernandez, who told Newsday, "I saw my friend's last minute. It was miserable." Six of the teens are white and the seventh is black.
Suffolk Police: Teens Killed Man Because He Was Hispanic
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