Bench dedication held for hate-crime victim

Family members and local leaders held a bench dedication ceremony in Plum Beach today in memory of Michael Sandy, who was killed during a hate-crime

PLUM BEACH - Family members and local leaders held a bench dedication ceremony in Plum Beach today in memory of Michael Sandy, who was killed during a hate-crime attack four years ago.

Investigators say Sandy was lured to Plum Beach over the Internet, but when he got to the rest stop, three men robbed and beat him because he was gay. They say when he tried to run, he was hit by a car on the Belt Parkway.

A week later, his family says it made the decision to take him off life support.

Many residents, including Sandy's family, say they hope the plaque and bench will inspire others to be civilized.

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