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‘It shouldn’t be about hate’: Hate crimes spread to Queens, Brooklyn

Posted: 10:23 PM, May 31, 2013
Updated: 2013-05-31 22:32:27-04

Jackson Heights, QUEENS (PIX11) —   The string of violent hate crimes has spread into the outer boroughs as we learn of two more attacks.

One was against a lesbian in Queens, who was walking along Roosevelt Avenue near 88th Street.

She was attacked back in March but police say they just got a sketch of the guy who committed the crime.

They say the Queens attacker is a Hispanic man in his early twenties.

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Cops say he made homophobic slurs at the woman as he punched her in the face.

“It’s terrible, you know?  It’s something cops need to get on top of.  Then again, it’s something the whole community should get involved with,” said Kevin Franco, who grew up in the neighborhood.

“It’s ignorant.  They shouldn’t have these ideas to begin with, it is 2013.It’s something that is still unacceptable,” Franco said.

The Queens hate crime is not the only one police need your help with.

At about midnight on Sunday, near Marcy Avenue in Brooklyn, another victim was talking with his male friend on the “J” train, when a man yelled anti gay remarks at him then hit him in the face twice.

Police describe the Brooklyn attacker as a Hispanic man, roughly 25-30-years-old.

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Brooklyn native Nichelle Whitehead did not recognize the sketch when we showed her the picture.

Whitehead is a proud lesbian about to be married and she says she is saddened by such hate-filled violence.

“It doesn’t matter who you lay down with, who you diggin’ on, God is a god of love so it shouldn’t be about hate. It should be about love,” she said.

June is LGBT Pride month.  There are many pride parades scheduled throughout the city. Both Queens and Brooklyn have their own borough pride parades.

Some local LGBT groups say they are concerned for the safety of parade-goers and hope police take that into account.

As for these two crimes, if you recognize the men in either of those sketches, call NYC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.