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NYC Man Stabbed to Death in Anti-Gay Attack in Broad Daylight: VIDEO

(image homicide 115 precinct via ny post)

Steven Torres, a 22-year-old Bronx man, has been charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime for stabbing 69-year-old Edward Orozco of Queens to death under the elevated 7 train subway station at 90th and Roosevelt in Queens at 1:30 pm on Monday. Initially it was thought that the motivation for the attack was the victim's cell phone, but NBC New York now reports that it was because the victim was gay.

Witnesses said the knife was nearly eight inches long.

OrozcoNBC New York reports:

A 22-year-old man is accused of stabbing a 69-year-old man to death on a Queens street because he thought he was gay, police said...

Orozco was stabbed near Roosevelt Avenue and 90th Street in Elmhurst as he was feeding a parking meter, witnesses said. Witnesses ran after Torres and held him for police until he was taken into custody.

"There was a lot of screaming, and all I could see was the guy was stabbing him -- stabbing him and stabbing him," said Eddie De Jesus, who was in his locksmith shop on 90th Street when he heard the commotion. A law enforcement official initially told NBC 4 New York that Orozco was attacked over his cell phone.

JacksonheightsThe NY Daily News reports on what set Torres off:

"He (Torres) said the victim was blowing kisses to him. That's what set him off," a source said. "This is what he is claiming."

ABC News adds:

Police say Torres tried to run from the scene before they apprehended him. Torres reportedly struggled against his cuffs minutes after the brutal crime that left eyewitnesses speechless.

"I really don't know what to think," witness Julio Lobaton said. "I'm just shaken because what happen to this poor guy...He was screaming, 'Help me help me.' I tried to intervene, but then he pulled a knife and started stabbing the guy on the floor. Then he went up about three steps came back."

Torres led Good Samaritans on a chase through the neighborhood before police caught up to him. The assailant reportedly said nothing as he brutalized his victim, but laughed when he was finally caught.

"He was laughing, yes," Lobaton said. "He was laughing like nothing," Lobaton said.

Watch an initial NBC News report on the attack which hasn't been updated with the hate crime information, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. 'Liberal' New York is becoming one of the most dangerous places in America for gay men. Liberalism permits violence against gays because it's a permissive philosophy.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 17, 2013 8:39:44 AM

  2. Truly sickening.

    Posted by: bollox | Sep 17, 2013 8:45:07 AM

  3. Gay panic. Alive and well in 2013.

    Posted by: Tigerama | Sep 17, 2013 9:01:11 AM

  4. How do they know the victim was gay? Anti-gay attacks don't just happen against gay people.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 17, 2013 9:03:04 AM

  5. ¡Viva LA Raza!

    Posted by: me | Sep 17, 2013 9:17:33 AM

  6. Wow, someone blew kisses at you that you weren't interested in.

    Straight men just can't take what they dish out to women all the time.

    When will women start using the "Rape Panic" defense a la the "gay panic" defense. "He whistled at me, I thought he would rape me, so I shot him."

    Posted by: QJ201 | Sep 17, 2013 9:19:21 AM

  7. Howis it not first degree murder?

    Posted by: DanJ | Sep 17, 2013 9:23:05 AM

  8. Possibly it's not first-degree murder because in certain states only killing a cop is first degree as the law is written.

    Posted by: MIke | Sep 17, 2013 9:34:46 AM

  9. First-degree murder is planned in advance. Sounds like this moron just snapped.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 17, 2013 9:57:03 AM

  10. This is truly sickening!!! Sadly, haters will hate, but when they kill they should be locked away like the animals they are.... what a pig!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Sep 17, 2013 9:57:48 AM

  11. Well he'll have kisses blown his way for sure on Rikers!

    Posted by: Willbesurfing | Sep 17, 2013 10:02:27 AM

  12. It doesn't seem to be crossing anyone's mind that this is a clear case of mental illness. It's bizarre to me that people so quickly jump to the "evil" or "homophobic" or "premeditated murder" card when so many signs point to mental illness. The man has now also been charged with attacking another man that he claims made a pass at him. It sounds like he's paranoid schizophrenic with a fear of gay people, or a fear of being gay. I'm not saying he should walk free, I'm just saying that treatment for mental illness should be part of his incarceration.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 17, 2013 10:08:36 AM

  13. Go troll elsewhere Bob.

    Posted by: Jon Mitchell | Sep 17, 2013 10:10:12 AM

  14. Oh, and "liberalness" or "conservatism" of a city has absolutely NO effect on whether or not there is mental illness present and expressed in that city. BOB is an idiot looking for any angle to push his political point of view.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 17, 2013 10:11:03 AM

  15. The accused is also charged with another stabbing because the man allegedly made sexual advances to him. I would be surprised if it turns out that Steven Torres is a paranoid schizophrenic.

    Posted by: Charlie | Sep 17, 2013 10:28:26 AM

  16. @TAMPAZEKE, I have a feeling you are probably right. I read he was laughing hysterically when he was caught and arrested. Plus he stabbed the man multiple times, which is usually a sign of deep emotional disturbance. A premeditated act is planned or though out and usually involves just a single stab wound or slash. Although it's much too early, there's been no time to investigate Torres or interview witnesses, friends and family of both victim and attacker, my gut reaction is this kid is mentally ill. Evil exists and there are many evil people walking the streets. But, there are far more who are severely psychologically disturbed or on drugs and this sounds more like an act of madness than of evil.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 17, 2013 10:52:29 AM

  17. This barbaric experience brought to you by cheers and enabling of blood thirsty terrorists such as Tony Perkins and the FRC, Bryan Fischer and the AFAm Brian Brown and NOM, and the rest of Anti-gay Inc.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 17, 2013 11:00:37 AM

  18. Bob, anti-gay attacks can occur because the offender simply believes their target to be gay. And second, it's not because New York is "liberal". Liberalism is a live and let live philosophy, pretty much exactly the opposite of what happened here. So thank you for playing and please take your trolling elsewhere.

    Posted by: Adam | Sep 17, 2013 11:06:25 AM

  19. Way to go champ!! now you can learn what it really feels to be a 22 year old man-child in jail. Hope you enjoy the rear ended eye opener

    Posted by: Christopher King | Sep 17, 2013 11:16:40 AM

  20. @Bob, go f*ck yourself. Homophobia has EVERYTHING to do with the pathology of conservatism. It is sick conservative right-wing troll f*cks like you that are the root of all homophobia. And, for the record, 12 years of Mayor Bloomberg has made NYC very, very conservative. Why, even a Republican @$$hole like you would feel very much at home here.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 17, 2013 11:21:25 AM

  21. @Sean, you hit the nail on the head.

    But throughout American history, things were always darkest before the dawn. Lynchings picked up in the late 1950s after Brown v. Board of Education, and died out with the Civil Rights Act. So it will be with gay right.... we will have to endure this period of darkness before we can have the freedom we've been fighting for.

    Posted by: DrunkEnough | Sep 17, 2013 11:28:57 AM

  22. Don't even bother to indulge 'Bob'.

    Posted by: Harris | Sep 17, 2013 11:33:11 AM

  23. Jamal49 - Is that why 70% of black voters in California voted for Prop 8?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Sep 17, 2013 11:55:20 AM

  24. @ "Jamal49 - Is that why 70% of black voters in California voted for Prop 8?"

    58% according to the Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Didn't you read a newspaper after 2008?

    And you voted for Goldwater at age 22. You lost.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 17, 2013 12:09:54 PM

  25. As long as school children are taught to hate people that are different from them, we will have this problem. This dude obviously had a pre meditative motive. Kill the gays. But, he chose a 69 year old man to take out his aggressions on.
    Wow, how brave!

    Posted by: Monthly Parker | Sep 17, 2013 12:15:40 PM

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