BROOKLYN - Friends and family gathered this evening to honor Jose Sucuzhanay, the victim of a 2008 hate crime murder in Brooklyn.

Sucuzhanay's family told News 12 Brooklyn that they feel much better now that justice has been served.

Yesterday, Keith Phoenix was convicted of murder as a hate crime in Sucuzhanay's death.

A separate jury found Hakim Scott guilty of manslaughter but not as a hate crime.

Investigators say the two men brutally beat Sucuzhanay and his brother while yelling anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs. They say Phoenix and Scott believed the brothers were gay.

Phoenix will be sentenced on August 5 and Scott is due back in court on July 14.

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