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3 MORE gay men attacked just hours after politicians, residents denounce killing of Mark Carson

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SoHo, Manhattan (PIX11) – Hours after city officials denounced the killing of a gay man in Greenwich Village and mourners gathered to remember him, a gay couple and a gay man were targeted in separate attacks, according to the NYPD.

The couple, 41 and 42, were walking together near Prince and Broadway around 5:20 a.m. when their attackers began shouting gay slurs in Spanish.  The slurs escalated to physical violence, with the men punching and beating the couple.

Police arrested Fabian Ortiz and Pedro Jiminez in the attack.  Both men are reportedly charged with third degree assault as a hate crime.

Also overnight, another gay man in his 40s, Dan Contarino, was viciously attacked after another man yelled gay slurs at him.

Latest Gay Attack Dan Contarino

Dan Contarino was attacked in Greenwich Village just hours after politicians and residents gathered to denounce a string of violent incidents targeting gays and lesbians.

The latest beatings come less than 24 hours after Speaker Christine Quinn and other politicians gathered to publicly denounce the killing of 32-year-old Mark Carson, who was fatally shot in Greenwich Village Saturday night.

That night, hundreds gathered outside of the city’s main LGBT community center on W13th Street to march in solidarity against the recent increase in hate crimes.

Five hate-based attacks have happened to members of the LGBT community in the past few weeks.

During a press conference Tuesday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addressed the recent spate of attacks, saying, “We had 29 reported this year; we had 14 during the same time last year.”

Mayor Bloomberg promised action, adding, “We have zero tolerance for intolerance.”

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2 comments

  • purplebird1954

    this is getting a bit out of hand…. this is the 21st century lets life with respect for others choices.. we are not judge or jury to one sexual choices… so let US live our lifes in peace

    • Esco

      One would think that but as society's views change there's a counter portion of society that doesn't agree and becomes extreme. That seems to be the case in every area of human rights unfortunately..

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