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Street Named for NYC Hate Crime Murder Victim José Sucuzhañay


You may remember the December 2008 murder of José Sucuzhañay on the streets of Brooklyn, by two men who yelled anti-Hispanic and anti-gay epithets as Sucuzhañay walked home from a night out drinking with his brother. Keith Phoenix and Hakim Scott were charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault, all as hate crimes, for the attack.

On Saturday, the corner where the attack took place, at Kossuth Place and Bushwick Avenue, was given another name, José Sucuzhañay Place.

Watch the unveiling, and remarks from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn,

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  1. This is great news! Well deserved!!

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 6, 2009 1:02:42 PM

  2. What happened to José Sucuzhañay is despicable, but what is the purpose of naming the street after him? If it had been me, I would rather have a more meaningful tribute like having people work hard to ensure that the culprits were brought to justice with the harshest penalty possible...and that everything would be done to prevent anything similar from happening to anyone else in the future.

    If NYC renamed a street for every person murdered in that location, there would be a shortage of the metals used to produce the signage.

    Posted by: paul c | Aug 6, 2009 5:10:10 PM

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