NYC Gay Man’s Death a Hate Crime

    Image #: 17845186    A passerby looks at the window of the Stonewall Inn in New York's Greenwich Village, May 9, 2012. Each year, crowds gather during the gay pride march outside Stonewall Inn to celebrate the bar's history as being the site of a 1969 police raid that sparked the modern gay rights movement. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, a stance that is likely to please his political base and complicate efforts to attract some independent voters. REUTERS/Keith Bedford  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)       REUTERS /KEITH BEDFORD /LANDOV

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    A gay man was killed early Saturday in New York City’s Greenwich Village—the heart of gay community and just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn—in what police are calling a hate crime. Brooklyn resident Mark Carson, 32, was walking on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village when Elliot Morales allegedly yelled “Look at these faggots. What are you, gay wrestlers?” Morales allegedly yelled homophobic slurs before fatally shooting Carson with a .38-caliber revolver. Morales was apprehended by police just blocks away after attempting to flee on foot. Carson’s murder is the 22nd anti-gay attack in New York so far this year—a 77 percent increase from the 13 such assaults during the same period last year. And it’s part of a disturbing national trend: the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported in 2011 its highest rate of gender bias since its formation in 1998.

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