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NYPD Steps Up Patrols In Gayborhoods

In reaction to the continuing spree of anti-gay hate crimes, the NYPD announced today that they have increases patrols in the West Village, Chelsea, and Hell's Kitchen.
The patrols — which will feature mobile command units — were announced in response to the shooting death of Mark Carson, 32, Saturday, allegedly by a man spewing homophobic slurs. The increased police presence will last at least until the end of June, which is LGBT pride month.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, other Democratic mayoral candidates and gay leaders also led a massive rally yesterday in Greenwich Village, where Carson was shot while walking with his partner. “The family would like to have justice be served, so that Mark’s death is not in vain,” said the victim’s aunt, Flourine Bompars, one of about 1,000 marchers.
The killer's family continues to defend him.
Morales’ family said he was blitzed on ecstasy and booze that night and had no memory of the savage attack. “It’s a lie to say he hates people,’’ said Morales’ bisexual sister, Edith Gutierrez. “We’re not a prejudiced family. We have African-Americans, Dominicans, gays and Mexicans in our family.’’ Morales is being held at Rikers without bail on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime, menacing and criminal weapons possession.
Counting last night's attack in the East Village, there have now been 24 anti-gay attacks since the beginning of the year, a 70% increase over the number recorded to this date in 2012.

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