Ecuadorian brothers beaten in Brooklyn

December 8, 2008 2:20:43 PM PST
Two Ecuadorian brothers were beaten, one critically, during an apparently unprovoked attack in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn Sunday morning that police are treating as a hate crime.Police say the victims were walking home from a bar when they were attacked by three or four men, who jumped out of an SUV, at the intersection of Kossuth Place and Bushwick Avenue around 3:30 a.m.

Authorities say the suspects did not say anything as they began attacking the two brothers. But during the incident, the suspects apparently used anti-Latino and anti-gay slurs. Police believe the suspects may have mistaken the brothers for a gay couple.

One of the brothers, a 31-year-old man, was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. He is on life support with severe head trauma.

The other brother has less serious injuries.

No suspects have been taken into custody.

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