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0 comments | Friday, February 26, 2010

You may recall reading about the horrific hate crime of Michael Sandy, a 29 year old black gay man residing in New York on loldarian.com in the fall of 2006. Sandy fell victim to four gay bashers; John Fox, Anthony Fortunato, Ilya Shurov, and Gary Timmon who lured him to Plumb Beach, NY after initially meeting online.

The four assailants robbed and beat Sandy. During an attempt to escape his attackers forced him into oncoming traffic on a nearby Belt Parkway and Sandy was fatally struck by a car. He would later die from his injuries after lying in a vegetative state for five days.

Community Board 15 voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow the erection of a memorial stone for Michael Sandy near the Plumb Beach parking lot where he was last seen alive.

"The stone itself will resemble a tombstone. It will be made out of granite or similar polished stone, and will carry an inscription to Michael Sandy and all the victims that have lost their lives to hate violence", according to Tony Bruce, executive director of The Michael Sandy Foundation.

The unveiling ceremony is expected to happen on or near the October 8 anniversary of the incident.


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