NYC Hate Crime Victim Michael Sandy to Get Memorial

Those of you who have been reading this site for a while will remember 2007 NYC hate crime victim Michael Sandy, who was targeted online, and then after a botched robbery near a beach off the Belt Parkway, was killed after being chased into oncoming traffic.

Sandy  Community Board 15 voted unanimously on Tuesday to erect a memorial in his honor, proposed by his parents and the Michael Sandy Foundation:

"Since its establishment shortly after Sandy’s death, the Michael Sandy Foundation serves to identify and support tolerance education, raise awareness of hate crimes, and provide emotional and other assistance to victims and their families. They hope an engraved stone will give potential perpetrators of hate crimes reason to ponder the consequences of their actions…The group ramped up its efforts, spurred on by Sandy’s parents, about six months ago. Both the community board and Councilman Lew Fidler told the group they’d need to raise the funds themselves, as such memorials can be difficult to accomplish on taxpayer dollars. Months later, the foundation returned with $5,000 and plans for the memorial."

They hope to have the unveiling on October 8, near the anniversary of Sandy's death.


  1. elcamino says

    And alien tears will fill for him
    Pitys long-broken urn,
    For his mourners will be outcast men,
    And outcasts always mourn.

    – from The Ballad Of Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde.

  2. Bryson says

    Thanks Andy for the update. I remember this story very well. As a young black gay man, this story was very close to home. Glad his family and supporters were able to accomplish this for such a senseless and heinous crime. His family and friends are in my prayers. This is great for his memory and whom he was as person.