Marcello Lucero usually drove to get around, but he chose to walk to a friend's place in Patchogue late Saturday, his brother said.
It was on that walk that Lucero, 37, was fatally stabbed because he is Hispanic, police said.
"He said he had to tell me what happened to my brother, that there were
seven guys -- and one of them stuck a knife in my brother's chest,"
Joselo Lucero said in a phone interview Monday. "And that was it."
The seven teenage suspects accused in the alleged fatal hate crime
stabbing were to be arraigned Monday in First District Court in Central Islip" id="PLGEO1001001023806750NY">Central Islip.
All seven, including Jeffrey Conroy, 17, Medford, the teen accused of
stabbing the victim to death, wore white jumpsuits and cloth booties --
their hands shackled behind their backs -- before their court
appearance. Six of the seven are white.
None of the youths, six of whom are 17 years old and the other 16 years old, said a word.
Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell, said the
office is "monitoring the situation to see if there are any potential
federal civil rights violations."
Marcello Lucero, of Patchogue, who is of Ecuadorean descent, worked
many years in the dry-cleaning business -- and had been working for a
dry-cleaner in New York)" id="PLGEO100101022030667">Riverhead, Joselo Lucero said.
"He was a peaceful guy," who had never been in trouble, said Joselo Lucero, a welder.
He said his brother was unmarried and had no kids. He said an older sister lives on Long Island" id="PLTRA000031">Long Island and that a younger sister and mother live in Ecuador.
Police said Sunday the motive for the Saturday night attack was that
the teens simply wanted to beat up someone who looked Hispanic.
That was what the mob had in mind when they attacked Lucero, who ended
up being stabbed to death minutes before midnight Saturday, Suffolk
"These individuals told detectives that they were looking to beat
someone of Latino heritage," said Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander
of the homicide squad.
Fitzpatrick said the seven suspects drove around Patchogue searching
for victims before finding Lucero and another Ecuadorian man.
The attack occurred at Railroad Avenue and Sephton Street in Patchogue, near the Long Island Rail Road" id="ORGOV0000002">Long Island Rail Road station.
The suspects jumped out of the car and cornered the two men on the
street, police said. Police said the second man escaped unharmed and
fled to a friend's house, where he and Lucero had planned to watch a
movie. He called police and later helped police identify the suspects.
The friend who had been waiting for them, Elder Fernandez, 36, said the
mob fled and he found Lucero near Funard Court, a few hundred feet from
where police said the stabbing took place, covered in blood, Fernandez
Lucero was transferred to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, where he was
pronounced dead, police said. His relatives could not be reached last