On Nov. 8, Remembering Marcelo Lucero

Joselo Lucero (right) at the Nov. 6 vigil (Photo via Long Island Wins)

Joselo Lucero (right) at the Nov. 6 vigil (Photo via Long Island Wins)

As Americans head to the polls on Election Day, the family of Marcelo Lucero will remember Nov. 8 as the anniversary of a tragedy – the death of the 37-year-old Ecuadorean immigrant eight years ago at the hands of seven teenagers in Patchogue, Long Island.

In a story for Long Island Wins, Patrick Young says that the fatal stabbing stemmed from the political climate of Suffolk County. He writes: “Words have power, and the words of Suffolk’s anti-immigrant politicians sanctioned violence against immigrants.”

The politicians’ words identified a target, Latinos, and told the young men that their target was reviled by the broader white community. The police did their part by not investigating attacks on Latinos by young white men. They too had heard the politicians’ voices. The message of hate was reinforced on-line by what we would now call Alt-Right web sites.

Eight years later, dozens remembered Lucero at a vigil on Nov. 6. Marcelo’s brother Joselo, who has become a community activist, “spoke to those gathered at the vigil warning that violent language from politicians often begets violent acts from young men,” writes Young in a separate story on the event.

Participants walked through Patchogue and ended at the site by the train station where Lucero died.

Read Voices of NY’s archive of stories on Marcelo Lucero to see what has changed in Suffolk County in the years since his death.

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