Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Marcelo Lucero, Ecuadorian immigrant and Patchogue, N.Y. resident. According to the Patchogue Patch, approximately 100 people attended services dedicated to Marcelo Lucero and other victims of hate crimes this weekend.
At the services, Marcelo's brother, Joselo, thanked the crowd for attending.
"I really feel like this is what I want from the beginning," Joselo Lucero said, "just to have two communities in one place getting along in harmony."
Attendees honored other hate crime victimes lost and injured and wrote messages of peace and love in both English and Spanish. After the services, the crowd marched to the spot Marcelo Lucero was killed and scattered roses in his name.
See images and videos from the event, taken by Michael Sorrentino of the Patchogue Patch.
Not In Our Town spent two years documenting how the community in Patchogue dealt with Marcelo Lucero's killing and the string of hate incidents that came to light following his death. For more information, to watch short videos, and read extended interviews, visit niot.org/LightInTheDarkness.