A jury debated four days before returning a guilty verdict against gang member Alexander Alfaro. Alfaro was found guilty of the murders of all three victims. He faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment when he is sentenced on May 19, reports CNN.
Terrance Aeriel, Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey were killed August 4, 2007 when they were shot execution style. Aeriel's sister was shot and sexually assaulted but survived. Harvey and Hightower were openly gay. The friends "planned to drive together "to New York City the next morning to attend a black Gay Pride event. Hightower, a lesbian, was also sexually assaulted. All four victims were enrolled or about to be enrolled at Delaware State University.
Alfaro is the second of three adults and three teens to be tried for the violent gang initiation. His half-brother, Rodolfo Godinez, was convicted last year and a third man, Melvin Jovel, pleaded guilty. They are serving life terms. Three others await trial.
In 2007, Rod 2.0 reported one of the teen suspects attended high school with one of the gay victims—and this may have been among the reasons the victims were targeted. Prosecutors declined to file hate crime charges because the victims' families "did not want" the deceased identified as gay.
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