Two brothers were
jumped by a small gang early Sunday morning in New York
City, apparently because they were perceived to be a couple.
The attack left one of them in critical condition at a
local hospital, while the other managed to escape
unharmed, the Associated Press reports.
immigrants from Ecuador, were walking with their arms
clasped after a night of drinking in Brooklyn when four
men in a passing SUV spotted them, according to the
AP. One passenger set upon the brothers, shouting an
antigay slur, followed by the other passengers, who
used an aluminum baseball bat on the victim. The other
brother called police, the AP reports.
"We believe all
of this happened simply because of who these
individuals are and who these perpetrators perceived them to
be," New York City council speaker Christine Quinn
told the AP. "For some reason [they] didn't like the
two men they believed were gay ... and felt so
emboldened in their hatred that they acted it out in
Both the Brooklyn
prosecutor's office and the NYPD's hate-crimes unit
were examining the incident, according to the AP. (The