The fatal beating of an 18-year-old Long Island man will be investigated as a hate crime, confirms the NYPD. Anthony Santiago Collao was a recent high school graduate who attended a Saturday party in Queens. Collao was chased from that party and viciously beaten and stomped to death, reports the Daily News.
Gang members tried to crash the party and began a melee, reports ABC7.
What began as a birthday party at the abandoned building in Queens turned ugly police say when a group of five men, not wanting to pay the seven dollars cover, began pushing their way inside. "They started making homophobic remarks," [Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly] said.
Windows were broken and even neighbors could see how rowdy things were becoming. Back outside, according to a criminal complaint, one of the five said "get the f***k out of the front, this is my hood" and then began chasing 18-year old Anthony Collao and another man down 90th Street. A block and half later, they caught Collao.
Collao suffered massive blunt force trauma and was on life support until Monday. Just heartbreaking...
Collao was not gay but the two young men who hosted the party reportedly were. Police have arrested four teenagers on manslaughter charges and are seeking a fifth suspect, adds the Daily News.
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NY Teen Stomped to Death in Vicious Anti-Gay Assault