Monday, October 12, 2009

Queens man in critical condition after anti-gay attack

A Queens man remains in serious but stable condition after two men brutally beat him early Friday morning as he walked to a College Point corner store.

The Daily News identified the man as Jack Price, 49. The New York Police Department said a man they have identified as Daniel Aleman, 26, and another accomplice brutally beat Price after he bought cigarettes at a store on College Point Boulevard. Aleman remains in custody, but the NYPD continues to search for the second suspect.

Price remains in critical condition at Booth Memorial Hospital. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, openly gay City Council candidates Danny Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, state Sen. Tom Duane [D-Chelsea,] City Councilmember John Liu [D-Flushing] and others spoke at a press conference outside the hospital earlier today.

“When someone is attacked for being who they are, and for being proud of who they are, there is no other explanation for that attack than hatred and bigotry," Quinn said. "In response, we will do all in our power as individuals, as a community and as a city to ensure that whoever commits such a vile act of hate is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Van Bramer agreed.

“This tragic and senseless incident is yet another reminder of how far we have to go toward making our city one that is free of hatred and violence at all times and for all people,” he said.

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