Lucero family travels from Ecuador for court hearing
The mother of the Ecuadorian immigrant killed in Patchogue in November saw her son's accused attackers for the first time Wednesday, at the pre-trial hearing held in Riverhead.
Rosario Lucero and her daughter Isabel flew in from Ecuador Monday night to witness the legal proceedings of the seven Patchogue teenagers accused of killing her son Marcelo. Prosecutors say the teens, led by Jeffrey Conroy, stabbed Lucero to death because of his race. They say the teens had a history of biased attacks against Hispanics. All seven pleaded not guilty to hate crimes and other charges.
?We are all human beings and we don't have the right to take a human life,? Rosario Lucero says.
The victim?s mother and sister will stay on Long Island for about a month and then come back when the trial starts. They say they want to meet with prosecutors, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and visit the place where Lucero was stabbed.
The teens are due back in court April 1.