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Police Questioning Suspect in Murder of Straight Man for Being “Gay”

February 27, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Police have found and are questioning the second suspect in the crime committed against José O. Sucuzhañay on December 7, 2008 in Brooklyn.  Mr. José Sucuzhañay and his brother were walking arm and arm when Keith Phoenix and Hakim Scott [allegedly] attacked the two men while shouting antigay and anti-Hispanic slurs.

The minority against minority attack drew much attention, including one of my previous posts, as both Mr. José Sucuzhañay and his brother were heterosexual men.  The attack was based on the perception of their homosexuality, as two brothers showed affection to one another in public and was also apparently associated with their Hispanic roots.

Police had previously shown a video wherein Mr. Phoenix was paying a toll and smiling only 19 minutes after the attack which resulted in José Sucuzhañay death.

Police Find Second Suspect in Hate Crime Killing – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com.

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2 Comments to “Police Questioning Suspect in Murder of Straight Man for Being “Gay””


  1. I understand, from GAY USA that Mr Sucuzhanay and his brother had just been out and were visiting each other. They had a good time and were walking down the street “arm in arm” holding each other just having a good time, as family members sometimes do. The suspects pulled over and got out of their car in order to beat Mr Sucuzhanay and his brother. Then, as you said Jay – Mr Phoenix was paying a toll and smiling only 19 minutes after the attack. Wow.

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  2. Jay, I hope we can count on you to keep us up to date on this matter so we can look for the other stories. This is absolutely amazing and it apitimizes what I saw as a kid. People were riddiculed for not being manly enough, it’s like we all had to behave a certain way or it was license for bullies to have their way with you. You can’t pretend this is what God would have wanted no matter how much of a bigot or Bible literalist when these men aren’t gay.

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