Lucero family's suit may be tossed on technicality

The family of murdered Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero may see their federal lawsuit against Suffolk County and its police department tossed away on a technicality.

WOODBURY - The family of murdered Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero may see their federal lawsuit against Suffolk County and its police department tossed away on a technicality.

Marcelo Lucero was killed in a hate crime in Patchogue in 2004. The family filed a $40 million lawsuit back in Nov. 2010 with legal help from the group Hispanics Across America.

Lucero's loved ones are only just learning now that those papers were filed in the wrong office, and technically the lawsuit isn't on file. Legally, too much time has passed to file another suit.

The lawsuit blames Suffolk County and its police force for Lucero's death. It says the department knew the "killer teenagers" were out assaulting and robbing immigrants, but did nothing to stop them.

Lucero's brother, Joselo Lucero, says he is hoping a federal judge will look past the legal mistake.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Flooding on Delta Road in Massapequa. 1 Rising tides cause street flooding in South Shore neighborhoods
News 12 Long Island's Erin Colton was on 2 Water begins to recede as nor'easter exits in Babylon Village
Heavy rain overnight expected to cause erosion at 3 Nor'easter causes widespread erosion on south shore beaches
Tree limbs and power lines across Long Island 4 Whipping winds bring down trees, power lines in some areas
Several fire departments are on the scene 5 Fire rips through several townhouse in Centerport

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE