Gov meets with slain immigrant's family

December 18, 2008 7:23:11 PM PST
Gov. David Paterson met Thursday with the brother of an Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in Brooklyn, and said the state needs to do more to fight "loathsome and despicable" hate crimes. Paterson met with Diego Sucuzhanay and Ecuadorean government officials about the beating death of Diego's brother, Jose Sucuzhanay.

The 31-year-old real estate broker was beaten Dec. 7 by men spouting anti-Latino and anti-gay slurs as he walked arm in arm with his brother near his home in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood.

Paterson said the state and New Yorkers need to work harder to educate each other about diversity and fight discrimination.

Diego Sucuzhany said his brother's body would be flown to Ecuador on Friday for burial, and met by the country's president.

A reward of nearly $30,000 is being offered for information leading to arrests in the slaying.

"Those people who killed my brother Jose are still out there," Diego Sucuzhany said. "We need the public's help."