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Immigrant dies after beating

Sun., Dec. 14, 2008, midnight

NEW YORK – An Ecuadorean immigrant beaten by men who yelled anti-Hispanic and anti-gay slurs at him and his brother has died.

Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, died Friday as his mother was en route from Ecuador to see him, spokesman Francisco Moya said. Sucuzhanay, a real estate broker, had been in critical condition since the assault early last Sunday. Police were searching for three suspects.

Sucuzhanay and his brother Romel, 38, were walking arm in arm when an SUV pulled up near them, police said. Witnesses said they heard the men in the car shouting slurs at the brothers.

The attackers jumped out of the car and smashed a bottle over Jose Sucuzhanay’s head, hit him in the head with an aluminum baseball bat and kicked him, police said. Romel Sucuzhanay got away; the attackers drove off after he returned and said he had called police.


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