Ecuadorean bias victim's mom in NY

February 18, 2009 2:52:01 PM PST
The mother of Ecuadorean stabbing victim Marcelo Lucero has attended a New York court conference on the hate crime killing. Rosario Lucero walked into Riverhead Criminal Court with her surviving son Joselo's arm around her.

She arrived from Ecuador Monday night to see with her own eyes the seven Patchogue-Medford teenagers accused of taking part in the stabbing of her son last November. Marcelo Lucero was a 37-year-old dry cleaning worker in Patchogue.

She said Marcello was her everything.

The seven Patchogue teenagers are accused in the deadly attack.

Jeffrey Conroy is accused of plunging the knife into Lucero's chest.

Rosario only got to see two of the seven, Nicholas Hausch and Jordan Dasch, because they're free on bail. The five who remain behind bars were not required to be in court.

Today's proceedings involved routine pretrial meetings for attorneys of the seven teenagers, but, for Rosario, it's just the beginning of her reality - a potentially lengthy trial involving high schoolers accused of taking part in hate crimes so vicious that one ended in the death of her son.

Lucero says she wants to see all seven teenagers. They are due in court in April. She will try to extend her stay in the United States to be there.

All of the suspects have pleaded not guilty to hate crime and other charges related to the Nov. 8, 2008 killing.

The teens reportedly told authorities that targeting Hispanics was a regular activity. They also are charged in attacks going back nearly a year.

The killing has attracted international attention and prompted a U.S. Justice Department investigation of hate crimes.

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