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Teenager Beaten to Death by Antigay Party Crashers

Teenager Beaten to Death by Antigay Party Crashers


Four teenagers who crashed a birthday party in Queens, N.Y., are suspected of beating a man to death after shouting antigay slurs.

The four -- Nolis Ogando, Christopher Lozada, and Luis Tabales, all 17 and from Queens, and Alex Velez, 16, of the Bronx -- are accused of showing up at the party, refusing to pay the cover charge, and storming in.

According to the party's hosts -- two gay men -- the teenagers smashed windows, flashed gang signs, and yelled antigay slurs.

Sensing trouble, 18-year-old Anthony Collao, who had recently graduated from high school and who pals say was straight, left the party with a friend. According to a source, he was chased by the gang, pinned against a car, and punched, kicked, and beaten "within an inch of his life" with a pipe.

He died Monday at Jamaica Hospital after two days on life support.

The suspects were arrested Saturday night shortly after the incident. At the time of their arrests, one of the alleged perpetrators was wearing Collao's baseball cap and the others were drenched in blood, reports the New York Daily News.

Collao's friend Pete Thearle, 18, said of the accused killers, "I hope they go away for the rest of their lives. But that won't bring him back."

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