NYC Hate Crime Victim Michael Sandy Dies

Michael Sandy was taken off life support Friday afternoon, according to WABC New York.

Beltpkwy_2Sandy had been in a vegetative state since he was lured by four men in an internet set-up to a gay cruising area off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, robbed, and then forced into traffic by his attackers. Sandy was then struck by a car which fled the scene.

Three Brooklyn men — John Fox, 19, Gary Timmins, 16, and Ilye Shurova, 20 — were charged with first-degree assault as a hate crime, and first- and second-degree robbery, also as hate crimes at the 61st Precenct Station House yesterday. Charges are still being considered against a fourth, Anthony Fortunato, who was questioned and released.

The charges may be upgraded now, since Sandy has died.

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