Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Trial of José Sucuzhañay's alleged killers begins

Two witnesses took the stand in the first day of the trial of the two men who allegedly beat José Sucuzhañay to death on a Bushwick street corner in Dec. 2008.

New York 1 reported a police officer who responded to the initial 911 call testified he saw a Latino man laying on the street who was bleeding profusely from his head and having trouble breathing. A cab driver who witnessed the attack and wrote down the license plate of the alleged killer's SUV also took the stand.

Prosecutors maintain Hakim Scott and Keith Phoenix shouted anti-Latino and anti-gay slurs at Sucuzhañay as they beat him with a baseball bat and broken bottles near the intersection of Bushwick Avenue and Kossuth Place on Dec. 7, 2008. Scott and Phoenix allegedly targeted Sucuzhañay because they thought he was gay; he and his brother Romel were walking home from a local bar arm-in-arm.

The start of the trial comes one day after a Suffolk County jury found Jeffrey Conroy guilty of second degree manslaughter as a hate crime in the death of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Nov. 2008. Scott and Phoenix each face possible life sentences if convicted.

1 comment:

Benito said...


Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s syndrome child.

Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example.

Each smallest act of kindness – even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile – reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.

All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined – those dead, those living, those generations yet to come – that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.

Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength – the very survival – of the human tapestry.

Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY! – Rev. H.R. White

Excerpt from Dean Koontz’s book, “From the Corner of His Eye”.

It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.