Teen Beaten To Death In Anti-Gay Violence Incident

teen beaten to death in antigay violence incident

Absolutely terrible! We are so sickened and disturbed by this!

On Monday night, a group of teenagers crashed a birthday party in Queens, NY, and killed 18-year-old recent high school grad Anthony Collao.

The suspects include Alex Velez, 16, Nolis Ogando, Christopher Lozada and Luis Tabales, all 17, who were arrested, and then “arraigned Monday night on charges of manslaughter and assault in Queens Criminal Court and were each held on bail of $100,000 to $200,000.”

According to the party hosts, the suspects “flashed gang signs, yelled anti-gay slurs and scrawled epithets in red marker on the walls.”

Friends of Collao say he had a girlfriend and wasn’t actually gay, although the men who threw the party are openly gay.

Here’s what neighbor Angela Marinella had to say about the victim:

“He was a very respectful, very friendly, very handsome young man. It breaks my heart.”

And here’s what friend Pete Thearle had to say about the killers:

“I hope they go away for the rest of their lives. But that won’t bring him back.”

Such a tragic, pointless death! We truly hope justice is served against the guilty parties.

Our thoughts go out to Anthony’s family and friends during this very difficult, sad time.

[Image via Myspace.]

Mar 17, 2011 2:00am PDT

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