Paterson Meets With Family Of Bias Attack Victim
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Governor Paterson met with the family of a Brooklyn man beaten to death in an alleged bias attack Thursday.
Jose Sucuzhañay died last Friday at Elmhurst Hospital, after spending a week on life support.
The governor stood alongside Sucuzhañay's brother, Diego, at the news conference and condemned the recent spike of violent hate crimes, including one where a Long Island Ecuadorian man was beaten to death.
Paterson said New York has to do better.
"We can try to eradicate the increases and in many respects attack the root causes that relate to hate crimes: our educational system, our community groups, our civic organizations, our dialogue between communities."
Police said four men in a burgundy Ford Explorer beat Sucuzhañay and his other brother Romel with an aluminum baseball bat on December 7.
Witnesses said the attackers were yelling anti-gay and Hispanic slurs at the time of the attack.
Police have released a sketch of a suspect. He's described as a dark-skinned male between 18 and 20-years-old, about six feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a black leather jacket, dark jeans and boots.
Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.
Rewards totaling $28,000 are being offered for information leading to arrests and convictions in the case.