Brooklyn Man Dies as Result of Anti-Gay, Anti-Hispanic Assault

UPDATE: Jose Sucuzhañay, who had been on life support and in a coma since he and his brother were attacked with a bottle and an aluminum baseball bat in the early hours of Monday morning, has died: “The victim, Jose Osvaldo Sucuzhanay, the co-owner of Open Realty International, a real estate agency in Bushwick, was described by family members as a gentle, generous man, a father of two children who live with his parents in Azogues, Ecuador, his native town. He lived on Kossuth Place, in a building that is also home to his brother Diego and a sister, Blanca Naranjo. The victim’s girlfriend, Amada, arrived about six months ago and has been staying with Mr. Sucuzhanay.”


Two Ecuadoran immigrant brothers, now named as Jose Sucuzhañay, 31, and Romel Sucuzhañay, were walking home arm-in-arm after a night of drinking in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn were attacked because they were perceived to be gay, police say, although anti-Hispanic slurs were also used during the assault:

NY Post: “The attackers were described as four black men riding in a burgundy sport utility vehicle. There were no arrests. Police said the attack occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the Bushwick neighborhood as the brothers neared their home on foot. One attacker jumped out of the SUV, used the anti-gay slur, then smashed (Jose) over the head with a bottle. As (Romel) ran away, three other men exited the vehicle and joined the assault, police said. One hit the victim in the head with a bat while the others kicked him. At some point, (Romel) returned holding a cell phone and told the men he had called police. They then drove off together. The 31-year-old victim remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition…”

A more thorough report of the incident and the reactions now at the NYT.

BushwickABC7 reports that the brother who was beaten is basically clinging to life and the family, who lives in Ecuador, is trying to make the decision whether or not to take him off life support. A vigil is planned at the hospital tomorrow.

Said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: “We believe all of this happened simply because of who these individuals are and who these perpetrators perceived them to be. For some reason (they) didn’t like the two men they believed were gay … and felt so emboldened in their hatred that they acted it out in violence.”

Police are still searching for the assailants. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to

Ecuadorian brothers beaten in Brooklyn – VIDEO [abc7]
Ecuadoran Dies From Attack That May Be Treated as Hate Crime [nyt]


  1. says

    Here is a horrible incident in which street slime decided they were going to beat people they saw as “less than” because they could! To further expand on the story, one brother placed a coat on the other brother as they left the club on that snowy night. One brother had his arm around the other. All of a sudden, BOOM! These lowlifes jump out of a car and beat them down.

    Sadly, this is another example of how much danger we in the gay/lesbian community face. As we see from this atrocity, even straight people can be attacked if their attackers THINK they are gay. When, oh, when will this ever stop?

    More to the point, this weekend, every gay or lesbian person in NYC should come out to the corner of Kossuth Place and Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, and say by our numbers that this is unacceptable, now and in the future.

    My prayers go out to the poor victims of this outrage, and to his family. May he recover quickly and fully.

  2. Jeremy says

    Nathan James,

    I think your idea is really good. Let’s have a candlelight vigil at that corner this weekend. Everyone get on your phones/computers and let’s see how many people we can get.

    Anyone with media expertise, let’s get some camera crews. It may be that the only way the family finds out that we did this is to have it televised.

  3. Sargon Bighorn says

    David E., I could not say it better. I hope Huckabee is happy. NOW can we have civil equality Mr Huckabee or do more people have to have their head’s bashed in?

  4. CJ says

    God damn, I was in a great mood and now this news. Excuse my french but Christ this shit has GOT to stop. I wish I could state how shocked I am but after what I have personally experienced in my life (having been attacked in college) and what my friends and others have been through, we are being fought in every circle. It’s time to stop playing Mr Nice Gay in-fucking-deed.

  5. says

    I am in the initial stages of organizing a vigil for this weekend at Kossuth Pl. and Bushwick Ave. to show our outrage at this atrocity. I will post more here at Towleroad and everywhere else as things develop.

  6. says

    This is REVOLTING! I’m so sick of reading these stories. I’m racking my head about how I , one person, can make this world a little better. I’m blogging and that helps, I just signed up to volunteer at the Center and that’s helping–BUT when I see this kind of stuff in BROOKLYN, I just feel deflated. We live with DEMONS. That’s the only adjective I can find to describe people who would do something like this. It took four men lurking in an SUV with a fucking bat to attack these two defenseless brothers. Maybe COWARDS would be another adjective.

  7. Patrick M says

    This is also about how fucking scared we are abou touching each other in this culture. Two brothers are walking arm in arm which is completely normal and easy in their home country, as well as in a bunch of other countries that we consider traditional and “backward” in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

    In this country, idiots perceive just the fact of them touching as them being gay, and beat them up for that.

    This is a chilling message for everyone, straight or gay, and very disturbing about how far we in this supposedly sophisticated society are from being comfortable with just plain simple normal touch between two people in everyday life.

  8. Marc C says

    Sadly those of Mike Huckabee’s ilk will again find some way to disregard this event. I for one wouldn’t mind a little beat down on him and that pussy Chuck Norris.

  9. nic says

    crazy comes in all colors. call me a bigot or call me a racist, but i do not see brown on black violence as much as i see black on brown violence. and don’t even get me started on black on gay violence. there is a reason that blacks disdain other minorities. but what is that reason? is it religion? is it retribution? is it envy?

    no one has proffered an explanation as to why blacks voted overwhelmingly against prop 8. spare me, please, the nonsense about why blacks, by dint of their numbers, had little impact on the outcome. the fact remains that 70% voted against us. why is that?

    i am sick and tired of people blaming the “no on 8″ campaign for not reaching out to the blacks. was it wrong for them to assume that one oppressed minority might support another? why should they have spent time and money on outreach to a minority who should’ve been on our side to begin with?

    whatshisname diaz is latino, not black, although clearly black. barack, though half white/half kenyan and raised by whites is african-american. you cannot pick and choose your heroes and your demons. that is a tactic of the right.

    perhaps, once cleared of the bullshit, we can have an adult conversation about prejudice. right now, i am pondering the absurdity of sub-humans attacking brothers who were taking care of each other, as is their custom, simply because they were brown and presumed to be gay. that makes no sense, and it makes me cry.

  10. Island Girly says

    I am sickened by this incident. I am outraged but not at all surprised. This shit really has to stop. NIC, WTF does this incident have to do with Prop 8 in any way, shape or form? Gay bashing has gone on long before Prop 8 became a national issue. Good luck to those of you that will attend the vigil. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

  11. says

    NIC… it wasn’t the blacks that voted for Prop-8, it was their religion!
    And religious beliefs regarding homosexuality are exactly what fuel sub-human gay bashers.
    Keep your eye on the ball!

  12. rudy says

    And that is exactly why many of us no longer bother to read the idiocy that parages under the comments of nic. Vile and off-topic sums up his “contributions”.

  13. MAJeff says

    There’s no such thing as “the blacks.”

    One of the biggest problems with this whole “conversation” has been this idea that these two categories–gay and black–are exclusive and total. THE blacks vs. THE gays, seems to be what Nic and his fellows are trying to push.

    Did African Americans, as a group, tend to vote for Prop 8? Yes. But, that tells us nothing about individual blacks. Likewise, Latinos, as a group, tended to vote against gay people. However, there were also members of those two groups that voted for us, and there are members of those groups who ARE US.

    The problem? The churches.

  14. Olive Yurdich says

    Hold the Becket Fund responsible for inciting violence through its full page ad. Go to, click on “Tell us your story”, and copy and paste this article.

  15. Q says

    Nic, yes, you ARE a flaming racist asshole. There are WAY MORE reports posted on this blog and in the general media about “the whites” attacking “the gays”, fuck you very much. And no one is going down the Prop 8 path again. That lame argument has been proven to be bullshit several times over.
    I really hope that Towleroad readers will ignore your ignorant ass and keep this focused on the tragedy of this man clinging to life.

  16. Derrick from Philly says

    After 50 years, I still can’t understand what it is that savage cowards hope to accomplish by attacking defenseless people. Is it just the thrill of destroying another human being’s body or his life? Is it trying to send a message to “others” that you hate them–and frighten them?

    Well, the idiots know now that the Ecuadorean brothers were not even gay. If it’s Latinos they hate, then they’re fighting a stupid loosing battle against the future.

    So what was the point of your violence, you filthy cowards?

    Well, hopefully your cowardly asses will still be in jail 10 years from now when you’re deciding which way to seek salvation? Christianity or Islam? Fortunately, I don’t think God forgives evil brutality as easily as some folks believe.

  17. Zeke says

    I’m anxiously awaiting Pat Boone’s and the signatories of the “NO HATE” ad in the NY Times to do a press release on this acto of hate and terrorism.

    Since gay protestors of Prop 8 have been compared to Mumbai terrorists I should certainly expect that this horrendous and REAL act of terrorism should rouse them to an impassioned condemnation of the perpetrators. It should be an easy decision for them, especially since the victims weren’t REALLY gay; they won’t have to break their perfect record of remaining silent when REAL gay people have been assaulted and killed, all too often in the name of God.

  18. Derrick from Phillly says

    What will these beasts say when they are captured?

    “we thought they was faggots” In their minds–that’s justification for slaughtering “certain” people in the streets.

    And they will be captured. If their victim had been a transwoman–maybe not. But they killed an innocent heterosexual because they thought he was gay. They will be captured now– because even violent, anti-gay homphobes can justify this murder.

  19. tjc says


    Another senseless death. Oh, that poor family. My heart just aches for them.

    And we shall continue to hold candlelight vigils while the anti’s continue to fan the flames of hatred.

  20. C says

    Somebody ask Mike Huckabee if this crosses his “violence threshold” yet, or does this incident not count because the victim wasn’t actually gay, just *perceived* as gay?

  21. Craig says

    But under Huckabee’s violence threshold bullsh*t excuse, this incident doesn’t qualify. It wasn’t the police or other state officials doing the beating under official sanction of the law.

    Huckabee is a pitiful excuse for a human being though as are the four assailants here. Homophobia is truly a disease that all too often manifests itself in hateful acts of violence against others who are or, as in this case, merely perceived to be GLBT.

  22. Raul says

    So sad, when will the hate stop? And, when will the people who know these cowards report them to the police for prosecution?? My condolences to the family.

    And, Nic, you are no better than the hate filled thugs who did this heinous act, your racism, as usual, is as vile as their homophobia as are the wrong lies about blacks and prop 8 that some keep spewing.

  23. says

    Per the NY City Council, Gays and Lesbians Of Bushwick Empowered (GLOBE) is working on a co-ordinated vigil protest. I am planning on merging my efforts with theirs. I will keep everybody updated on any progress we make.

  24. noah says

    My sympathies to the Sucuzhañay family. Too many people die violent deaths in the world. That two brothers walking home in a loving, brotherly embrace should attacked is horrific.


    Ditto what Q said. For some time now, you have spewed your anti-black racist B.S., revealing just how twisted and similar you are to homophobes that regularly attack gay people. You dehumanize African-Americans, reducing individuals into a mindless mass, and then assign characteristics to suit your racist fantasies.

    How different are you from Pat Boone who just described “gays” as being similar to the Mumbai terrorists? Not much. You both operate with the same sense of entitlement and bigotry, seeing yourself as part of a group that is better than another.

    Lawrence King was a 15-year-old biracial gay child. He was murdered by a white classmate who put a gun to King’s head and killed him.

    Michael Sandy was an African-American gay man who was murdered by a group of white men.

    Matthew Shepard was a white gay man who was brutally murdered by two white men.

    Brandon Teena was trans-man who was raped and murdered by two white men.

    It seems that almost every day on Towleroad, there is one scumbag like Nic who feels the need spew racist filth, engaging in the same kind of hate that is directed at gays. These idiots are oblivious to the irony of how their actions mimics those of their critics.

  25. FASTLAD says

    I feel so sorry for the family who have lost a loved one in a homophobic and racist attack.

    (The attackers were heard to use anti-gay and anti-latino slurs, and the ferocity certainly indicates it was a hate crime).

    This idiocy is heartbreaking.

    Murder shows that you’re superior? Beating someone proves you’re a better man? Hurting someone demonstrates the strength of your views? Actually, it does the opposite.

  26. patrick nyc says

    NATHAN JAMES, great idea on the vigil, if you can post the nearest subway and times, so we can spread the word to everyone, straight, gay and the mass media.

    Everyone here should flood Pat Boone,s website, just copy and past the times article.

    As for that douche bag Schuckabee, he is on Jon Stewart tonight. Here is a open forum on his site.

    Perhaps send some questions for Stewart to ask this prick.

  27. mike says

    I think black folks better start dealing with their f*cked-up attitudes about gays.

    I was walking with my 30-year-old son about a month ago and he had his arm around my shoulder and we were talking about sh*t like we always do. Three black guys in a Lexus sedan driving by started screaming at us, calling us faggots, homos, c*cksuckers, perverts. My son flipped them the bird and they screeched to a halt, roared back in reverse, two jumped out of the car and started coming at us–one had a metal rod in his hand. The HATRED in one guy’s eyes, damn! It is only by God’s grace that at that moment a cop car had turned the corner at the time they were driving in reverse (against oncoming traffic) and they put on their red light and stopped behind the Lexus. The two @ssholes froze and one dropped the rod he had. I think the cops knew that something was going on, but they wouldn’t listen to us. They just told us to get on and mind our business. The black guys glared at us. Again, the HATRED in their eyes! Where does that come from? Yeah, black folks better start talking about this. Or else it’s going to get really nasty.

  28. MAJeff says

    Oh, goodie, another racist blaming every black person for the actions of a few of them…and who has probably experienced discrimination from whites but would never think of attributing that violence to white people generally.

  29. Derrick from Philly says

    Well, to any Latino-American or Mexican-American this incident is especially painful. We should all be angry and hurt by this savagery no matter what race the perpetrators and victim are– but to many Latino-Americans, the victim was one of their own.

    In his comment, Mexican-American NIC asked more questions than he gave answers. A true racist would already have all the answers in his racist mind.

  30. rudy says

    And now Mike joins nic in spouting vile racism by projecting behaviour upon an entire group of people. Glad to see that nic and his ilk are finally being recognized as, and called out for, the sub-human filth they demonstrably are.

  31. Derrick from Philly says

    Oh, MIKE, you know the same behavior could have been exihibited by some sick white boys too. Go to rough working-class white neighborhoods are walk with another man’s arm around your sholdder. All violent homophobes are dangerous–whether black, white, Latino, Asian or on “in the closet” or on the “down low”…all of them are sick motha’ fuckas.

  32. SFshawn says

    It’s just a matter of time before some of these cowards get caught in the act of killing some other innocent person or drunkenly bragging to their pals how they beat the living shit out of a guy walking down the street and killed him. As the violence escalates in the coming months due to the religious reich,Prop 8,Milk film,washed up idiots like Fuckabee,etc hopefully GLBT folks will take self defense classes to protect their lives. For the sake of their families I hope justice will be served eventually.

  33. nic says

    you can stomp your feet and gnash your teeth while calling me a racist, with spittle running down your chin, but that will not make me what i am not. yes, this incident could just as easily have been whites against latinos/gays or the reverse. but in this particular incidence, it was black men hurling racial and homophobic epithets at two brothers who were doing what latino brothers would do for each other, taking care. further the thugs acted on that hate. they beat a guy to death, for god’s sake! there is something wrong with that mind-set.

    is it really racist to posit a question that insists on an answer? time and again we are reminded that our (gay) grievances are not equal to the black struggle of the 60s. why not? or should we defer to the huckabees of the world and quantify our pain. if we cannot ask questions, then we should all just be having monologues.

  34. elg says

    Nic wrote: “crazy comes in all colors. call me a bigot or call me a racist, but i do not see brown on black violence as much as i see black on brown violence.”

    Gang violence by Latino gangs against blacks in Los Angeles and the surrounding area are forcing many blacks to leave LA. If I thought like you, I would label ALL Latinos as anti-black racists determined to chase black people out of the LA area.

  35. RELAX says

    Let’s all not play the part of the racist police now accusing one another of being this and that. There are way too many “racist police” on the Internet.

    An important question to ask is this…no matter what color…how do we squash this “gangsta” and “thug” culture that has grown so out of control?

    You can connect it too Huckabee and Pat Boone as much as you want – but to deny the effects of the glorification of a hostile, assaulting, confrontational and violent street culture in music and pop culture would be negligent on our part.

    Young men in this country are encouraged to be thugs in every other music video. We have to be accountable and recognize that fact.

  36. noah says


    Screw you and your condescending attitude! Take out “racist” and insert “homophobic” and your statement could easily be the latest memo published by James Dobson.


    It’s great that you continue to push your racist bullshit. As you well know, there is no such thing as a “Latino” race. Latinos can be any race or a combination of races. Mexico, for instance, although primarily made up of mestizos, those of Indian and white ancestry, also has whites, blacks, Indians (indigenous peoples), and Asians. This is demographic is similar in various combinations throught out Latin America. Right?

    Also, it’s nice of you to ignore the vicious, racist attacks in Los Angeles by Mexican gangs against African-Americans. Those attacks are well documented. What about the murder of a 14-year-old girl skateboarding by Latinos?


    … Her 21-year-old son Anthony was shot in the face with a .25-caliber semi-automatic while lying on a futon she had purchased for him from IKEA. He died wearing a shirt that read, “Keep the Peace.”

    Anthony Prudhomme was slain by members of the Avenues, a Latino street gang. But he was not a rival gang member, or a police informant, or a drug dealer. The Avenues did not target him for the content of his character, or even the contents of his apartment.

    They targeted him for the color of his skin

    Anthony Prudhomme presented no threat to the Avenues. Even so, he was murdered two months after he moved into Highland Park, a neighborhood in northeastern Los Angeles that is home to many gang members. “He didn’t have anything [to steal],” his mother says. “He had nothing when they broke in. So to shoot him, I’m sure it was a stripe. They get stripes for killing black people.”

    According to gang experts and law enforcement agents, a longstanding race war between the Mexican Mafia and the Black Guerilla family, a rival African-American prison gang, has generated such intense racial hatred among Mexican Mafia leaders, or shot callers, that they have issued a “green light” on all blacks. A sort of gang-life fatwah, this amounts to a standing authorization for Latino gang members to prove their mettle by terrorizing or even murdering any blacks sighted in a neighborhood claimed by a gang loyal to the Mexican Mafia.

    Random, racially motivated crimes have been committed across the 88 cities of Los Angeles County by the members of Latino gangs

    But while the Latino gangs’ racial terror campaign is not new, gang experts and law enforcement authorities say the intensity and frequency of anti-black terrorism is now escalating, as the amount of turf in Los Angeles claimed by Latino gangs continues to increase rapidly.

    The LAPD estimates there are now 22,000 Latino gang members in the city of Los Angeles alone. That’s not only more than all the Crips and the Bloods; it’s more than all black, Asian, and white gang members combined. Almost all of those Latino gang members in L.A. — let alone those in other California cities — are loyal to the Mexican Mafia. Most have been thoroughly indoctrinated with the Mexican Mafia’s violent racism during stints in prison, where most gangs are racially based.”

    So, Nic, there are evil people of every “race” and ethnicity. Take your crap elsewhere.


    “The blacks” don’t have to do a damn thing. There are individual homophobes of all backgrounds. I’m sure the family of Lawrence King is not damning all white people for the murder of their African-American son any more than is Matthew Shepards’s family.

    Somewhere, Pat Boone is thinking of his next column about the evil gays. He could use your words as a starting point on how to smear millions of people. Nice work, Mike and Nic!

  37. joe says

    Let the perpetrators see what its like to be perceived as gay when justice is done and they wind up in prison. Let’s hope they get perceived as gay by the other inmates – a lot.

  38. nic says


    venting your spleen at me might make you feel good, but it makes no never-mind. if we are to change minds, there are some “issues” we need to address. i am all about the future. the supreme court is safe. obama has taken the pragmatic (adult) path. good on him!

    but why is the black community so opossed to equal rights for the gay community? that and only that is my question. to smear me with accusations of bigotry and non-sequiturs is counterproductive. even now, we are fighting for our civil liberties. please, bato, i am mexican-american, as my friend DERRICK FROM PHILLY, pointed out. i have nothing to gain from inflaming racist hatred. and i use the tern “racist” judiciously, for research has shown that there is not a hair’s-breadth of difference between races. indeed there are no “races”. cultural diversity? yes. i welcome that. i want to know what it is like to be an asian american or a native american or an african american, but should you not want to know what it is like to be a latino in a hostile environment?

    a man by any other name will smell as sweet.

    DERRICK gets it. why can’t you?

  39. Superman says


  40. Foochy says

    Patrick M hit the nail on the head with his comments about American unease with touch and physical proximity:

    “This is also about how fucking scared we are about touching each other in this culture. Two brothers are walking arm in arm which is completely normal and easy in their home country, as well as in a bunch of other countries that we consider traditional and “backward” in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

    In this country, idiots perceive just the fact of them touching as them being gay, and beat them up for that.

    This is a chilling message for everyone, straight or gay, and very disturbing about how far we in this supposedly sophisticated society are from being comfortable with just plain simple normal touch between two people in everyday life.”

    These guys could have been as black as they were — but of a different culture — and the same outcome would have occurred because they dared to display a different mode of human interaction other than the violent astringency so common in our society. Racial difference was the icing on the cake to these thugs who were so insistent on proving their “manhood” to each other.

    If you are looking to excuse this inexcusable behavior, then fine — look at the color of their skin and what popular culture tells you about those people. However, there are quite a few people here who want to end such behavior; they look at a person’s heart and head to combat such vicious ignorance with activism fully grounded in our common experiences as humans, male or female, gay or straight, regardless of physical features or place of origin. Hatred is a refuge for the weak, whether they are contributors to Towleroad or Stormfront.

  41. dave says

    NIC – there is no black Community, there is no Latino Community, there is no gay Community. Community is just a media buzz word. Your heart may be in the right place, but your brain is undeveloped.

  42. DMC says

    Prop 8 finally let the gay white racism out of the bag.

    If the New Gay Order’s new game is racializing Gay Rights and homophobia then people of color have a duty to hold white homosexuals accountable for all white homophobes.

    If “black homophobia” is the issue of the month, than gay racism shall be the next. I encourage all LGBT people of color to email the following links to every conservative/republican news site that you can. And if you have time, to other moderate/liberal media havens. Gay racism will go unchecked as long as its not challenged.

  43. noah says


    I don’t care if you are Mexican-American. That doesn’t give you a get-out-of-being racist card. Mexico has a horrible history of racism from the past to the present. The brutal treatment of indigenous Mexicans is well documented. The black population is severely marginalized also.

    This is the United States. I don’t want to play oppression Olympics with you. But, dude, you are pushing a racist line about African-Americans. When presented with facts that show Mexican and other Latin American engaging in deliberate anti-black racism in the U.S., you dismiss it. Why not just put your fingers in your ears and go “na na na na”?

    There are racists of all ethnicities in the U.S. You attempted to slander all African-Americans. So, screw you! Instead of discussing the horrible attack on Sucuzhañay brothers, you went off on a tangent to attack all African-Americans. You used no qualifiers. So, yeah, I think you’re bigot. Deal with it.

    A few weeks ago, a group of Long Island white teenagers engaged in vicious attacks on immigrants from Latin America, resulting in the murder of an Ecuadorian man. Sound familiar?

  44. Chila Fabian says

    I couldn’t believe that this had happened in my neighborhood!!! I live 3 blocks from the incident. My daughter and I read about it at the library!! A vigil was definitely good for the relatives of the victim and the community at large. WE CAN NOT LET THIS INVADE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!

    I lost my father to violence in Los Angeles several years back and trust me to deal with this pain and this horrible memory is pure HELL!
    But let the lord help ourselves and guide us the right way and hopefully one day we will embrace and love one another!!!

  45. Antoine says

    Violent crime is disproportionately committed by blacks against other races, as well as against themselves. Check FBI statistics. It’s a fact. So, Nic has valid concerns.

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