By Claudio Iván Remeseira Follow @HispanicNewYork| Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 8:31 a.m. ET.
On November 8, 2008, Marcelo Lucero and his childhood friend Angel Loja were taking an after-dinner walk at their hometown of Patchogue, New York. Shortly before midnight, they were attacked by seven teenagers who had gone out that night to chase ‘beaners,’ a slur term for undocumented immigrants. Loja managed to escape, but Lucero was stabbed in the chest by one of the attackers and died an hour and a half later at a nearby hospital.
His killing instantly grabbed national attention and became a tragic symbol of the anti-immigrant sentiment that was already sweeping the country. This was not the first hate crime against a Latino immigrant, yet its impact went beyond other hate crimes. In Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in An All-American Town, Pulitzer prize-winner and journalist Mirta Ojito provides the clues to understanding why.
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