Family, friends gather to honor BK hate crime victim

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

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.

To view our complete coverage

Brother of murdered immigrant takes the stand Cousin testifies against Phoenix in hate crime retrialNew trial begins in fatal Brooklyn beatingJudge declares mistrial in fatal beating caseDeliberations ongoing in fatal beating caseJury selection under way in BK hate crime

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