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Gay Man's Killer Charged With Murder as a Hate Crime, Laughed as He Confessed


The killer of a gay man in NYC's Greenwich Village early Saturday has been charged, the WSJ reports:

Elliot Morales was charged with murder as a hate crime and weapons charges after he allegedly volleyed antigay slurs at Mark Carson before shooting him once, point blank, in the head, police said.

Mr. Morales, who has a criminal history that includes several stints of incarceration, was arraigned Sunday in Manhattan Criminal Court and remanded to prison. He wasn’t required to enter a plea. His court-appointed attorney couldn’t be reached for comment. Being charged with murder as hate crime means he could face a harsher sentence if convicted.

“It’s clear that the victim here was killed only because and just because he was thought to be gay,” New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said during a news conference on Sunday. “There is no question about that. There were these derogatory remarks. The victim did nothing to antagonize or instigate the shooter in this case. It’s only done because the shooter believed him to be gay.”

Morales "laughed in hideous glee as he confessed," the NYDN reports.

As we noted yesterday, there is an anti-violence rally and march TONIGHT which begins at 5:30 pm at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (208 w. 13th Street), ending at the site of the murder on W. 8th street and Sixth Avenue.

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  1. Apparently, in addition to laughing inappropriately, Mr. Morales also peed his cargo shorts.

    See pic here:

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 20, 2013 7:35:47 AM

  2. If only I could escourt this killer to the grave with an AK 47 I too would "laugh with hideous glee" while firing it.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 20, 2013 7:59:33 AM

  3. The guy sounds like he's a little nuts

    Posted by: Nick Name | May 20, 2013 8:36:46 AM

  4. This disgusting POS is an oxygen thief!

    Posted by: CKNJ | May 20, 2013 9:37:37 AM

  5. He might very likely be killed in prison. He's sort of putting a target on his back, no?

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | May 20, 2013 9:45:56 AM

  6. I'm surprised they're classifying it so quickly as a hate crime. How many times have we seen a gay man being beaten while the attacker is screaming "fag/queer" and the police can't fathom whether or not it's motivated by sexual orientation.

    Posted by: Michael | May 20, 2013 10:37:29 AM

  7. Im laughing in glee at the thought that this waste of skin is going to get assraped daily for the rest of his life.

    Posted by: screaming queen | May 20, 2013 10:56:01 AM

  8. ...Glee?...Cackle is the right term. He is clearly unhinged and lethal. He needs to leave the earth and giggle his way to hell. Human trash is the worst trash that exists.
    There is no place for him here.Lock his sorry ass up forvever.

    Posted by: thom | May 20, 2013 11:03:21 AM

  9. In an interview with police, Mr. Carson’s friend said the two walked back to Mr. Morales and asked him what he meant by the remarks, a law-enforcement official said. The friend told police that Mr. Morales asked the two, “You all want problems?” and then followed them to Eighth Street, where he confronted them again, asking, “Do you want to die right now?” the official said.

    The friend told police he told Mr. Morales, “Do you want to shoot us in front of all these people?” and had taken his phone out, the official said.

    Mr. Morales allegedly then asked, “Are you with him?” court records said.

    Mr. Carson replied, “Yes,” at which point he was shot in the head with a silver pistol that was allegedly fired by Mr. Morales,

    DO NOT engage in chitchat or banter with a crazy guy. Especially a crazy guy with a gun. Just try to get as much physical distance away as possible, and find a safe place, if possible. Control any natural desire you may have to trash talk. Your life may very well depend on it.

    And I'm not saying Mr. Carson deserved to be shot dead, nor that he 'trash' talked. But both gentlemen made the fatal mistake of engaging with a psychopath.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 20, 2013 11:34:18 AM

  10. Elliot ain't done nothin. He was juh geh-in his life togeh-er. There two sigh to ebbyting you ain't hoid his sigh yeh.

    Can't wait to find out that Elliot is a father.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 20, 2013 12:42:16 PM

  11. He won't be giggling while he's raped daily in prison. Maybe he will? Who knows with these types of psychopaths? He should be strung up in Greenwich Village and shot directly in the head or torn into pieces for all the media and the world to see how vicious animals unable to function in society need to be eliminated. Just like Dan White and every homohater before him he will pay a price and hopefully it will be his worthless life.

    Posted by: SFshawn | May 20, 2013 12:47:45 PM

  12. Scary to think about how many hopeless and negative elements are out in the world who think killing someone is ok. Guess prison life provides a structure and socializing that street life never could. Sad all the way around.

    Thoughts with Mr. Carson's family and the NYC Gay Community. Stay strong and keep fighting the good fight for equality.

    Posted by: John B. | May 20, 2013 12:56:03 PM

  13. Nice use of "ethnic speak," racist troll David Hearne (aka Rick/Jason/Adam/Ratbastard/Uffda). Your seething hatred of non-whites is readily visible, and it's quite pathetic.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 20, 2013 1:59:33 PM

  14. Does anyone have any legal advice as to what can be done to protect yourself from events happening like this?

    Posted by: nycguy | May 20, 2013 2:36:52 PM

  15. @MateoM ,


    And I don't hate 'minorities, including Hispanics/Latinos, blacks, etc.,

    Take that chip off your shoulder. It'll be easier to walk.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 20, 2013 2:40:02 PM

  16. @nycguy,

    The simple answer is in NYC EVERYTHING is illegal for law abiding people to own and/or carry. Knives, pepper spray, firearms, stun gun, airsoft 'gun', pellet 'gun', everything is illegal.

    Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Don't provoke and try and safely get away from any potentially bad situation. Be especially careful at night, weekends, closing time, when drunk or high. As for a weapon, carry a box cutter. A cop could seize it anyways, but it's not illegal to have on you, and you can't be charged with any crime for having a box cutter on your person. A lot of homeless people carry a brick [don't laugh] in their bag, or rocks in a sock, something like that.

    But essentially pretty much the only people who have firearms in NYC are thugs, criminals and cops, minus a few privileged elites who are given a firearm license, fewer still with a license to carry.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 20, 2013 2:48:21 PM

  17. sorry but this is just the kind of crap the death penalty should be used for. he kills somebody then laughs about sorry no reson to keep him around costing taxpayers money

    Posted by: walter | May 20, 2013 3:17:00 PM

  18. I'll laugh as they execute him.

    Posted by: Queer Supremacist | May 20, 2013 4:44:45 PM

  19. Mateom, i am only me and hagatha. Mocking ghetto trash is no more racist than mocking poor white trash, canadians, or muzzies.

    Posted by: david hearne | May 20, 2013 6:20:46 PM

  20. So senseless, so violent, so arbitrary, so wrong.

    Posted by: grego | May 20, 2013 7:04:54 PM

  21. How can we send cards, flowers to Marc's family members? I can not find an address anywhere. Can anyone help with this?

    Posted by: Jeff Meyer | May 21, 2013 9:29:45 AM

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