Portrait Of A Town Where Attacking Latinos Was Sport

11/26/2013 09:45 am ET | Updated Jan 26, 2014
  • Julianne Hing ColorLines
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Five years ago this month Marcelo Lucero, an undocumented immigrant living in the Long Island, N.Y., village of Patchogue, was stabbed to death by seven teens who were out on one of their "beaner-hopping" jaunts. Attacking Latinos for sport was one of the teens' late-night diversions. Some of the last words Lucero heard before his death were slurs. "Fucking Mexican, fucking illegals," Jeffrey Conroy and six other teens--Jordan Dasch, Anthony Hartford, Nicholas Hausch, Christopher Overton, Jose Pacheco and Kevin Shea--shouted at Lucero and his best friend, Angel Loja. (It hardly mattered that they were in fact Ecuadorian.)

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