NYC Hate Crime Victim Dies

Last weekend when I was driving back from visiting my dad, I first heard the report about the attack that put Michael Sandy into intensive care. The news report initially said that it looked like a bias crime based on race. Sandy (age 28) is black, his four young attackers (ages 16-20) are white.

Investigators quickly discovered though that the men lured Sandy through the use of a gay chat room in hopes of robbing him. They beat Sandy, he fled and was struck by a passing vehicle.

According to, Michael Sandy died on Friday with his family by his side. This story fills me with profound sadness.

hat tip to Joe Brummer

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  1. Joe G. on October 17, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    I found this story to be tragic and horrific at the same time. In one Democracy Now! broadcast they announced the study that computed 600,000 deaths in Iraq and then the program reported the attack of Michael Sandy. Good God, it was a bleak morning…

  2. Peterson Toscano on October 18, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    blead indeed joe.

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