BETHPAGE - ? Police say charges against teens accused of beating a Bethpage teenager to death have been upgraded.

Today, the six teenagers are charged with murder as a hate crime.

The teens are accused of beating and stomping 18-year-old Anthony Collao, of Bethpage as he left a birthday party in Queens.

Police say the teens thought Collao was gay. If convicted, they could go to prison for 25 years to life.