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Second Man Arrested in Hate Crime Killing of NYC Ecuadorean Man


Police raided a home in Yonkers, New York early this morning to arrest Keith Phoenix, the second man involved in the anti-gay, anti-Hispanic hate crime killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose SucuzhaƱay, who was beaten to death in a brutal attack last December.

PhoenixHakim Scott, who also took part in the attack, turned himself in earlier this week.

 The New York Daily News reports:

"Keith Phoenix, 28, was sleeping when Bronx cops found him and arrested him without incident, sources said.Phoenix, who is from the Bronx and was caught on camera smiling as he pulled into an RFK bridge toll booth just 19 minutes after the Dec. 7 beating of Jose Sucuzhanay, was nabbed after an acquaintance saw the video in the media and called police. A day after his pal Hakim Scott, 25, was arraigned on second-degree murder as a hate crime, Phoenix was escorted to a Brooklyn station house to be questioned and then possibly be part of a line-up later today. Phoenix was the attacker who investigators believe wielded the bat."

Yesterday, police released the video referenced above.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Not even human. I knew two people who were beaten to death by mobs--murdered just because they were gay.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 27, 2009 11:15:42 AM

  2. What a vile human being. Death penalty worthy.

    Posted by: nikko | Feb 27, 2009 12:28:27 PM

  3. That is so scary to me. The gang mentality is frightening.

    Posted by: tony the tiger | Feb 27, 2009 1:11:00 PM

  4. which of the 73 javascript embedded sites do I have to enable to see the clip?

    Posted by: ubik | Feb 27, 2009 1:22:14 PM

  5. Tony tiger is right: it is scary. Hate crime is too weak a term ... it's terrorism. These guys are sending a message to ALL gay folks: you don't deserve to live. (Check out NYT article and comments; there are still people who think the hate crime designation is "ridiculous".)

    Posted by: trailrunnr | Feb 27, 2009 1:48:57 PM

  6. Well, isn't that typical. Guys who beat their wives to death can, right after, go to the bar and have a good time (I've read about this very thing happening on more than one occasion). All too human, actually.

    Death penalty, please.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 27, 2009 2:04:15 PM

  7. Look at that, he's just beaming with pride. His good deed done for the day.

    Killing supposed faggots is such a bonding experience between big old hetero buddies, no doubt. I bet they all high-fived each other at some point. Score! Secure again in their masculinity, now that they've proved it by taking someone's life.

    I bet they can't believe they're being prosecuted now. This video is disgusting. I hope justice is served.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Feb 27, 2009 3:09:52 PM

  8. Channel 2 News just ran a story on this guy stating that in a statement to police he said, "So I beat a guy, does that make me a bad guy?"

    Well, YEAH!!

    And make no mistake, the only reason this is on the news is because of the sizable Ecuadorian/Latino community in NYC, not because it was assumed the victim was gay. If it was just a gay bashing it would've been old news by now.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Feb 27, 2009 6:44:59 PM

  9. He has prison bitch written all over him.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Feb 27, 2009 8:06:35 PM

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