Vigil and Weeklong Series of Events Will Commemorate Anniversary of Marcelo Lucero Killing

Young residents gather at last year’s vigil in memory of Marcelo Lucero. (Credit: Ted Hesson)

This November 8 will mark the third anniversary of the death of Marcelo Lucero, who was attacked and killed in 2008 by a group of Suffolk teens who repeatedly targeted Latinos for assault.

A number of events commemorating the tragedy are being planned.

The Lucero family is holding a vigil in his memory on Sunday, November 6, at 2:30pm at St. Frances DeSales Parish Hall in Patchogue (220 South Ocean Avenue). All are invited to stand with Marcelo’s family that day. For more information, contact Joselo Lucero at or 631-745-0581.

In addition, in the week leading up to the anniversary, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance is organizing a series of events geared toward welcoming immigrants in our communities. More details about “Understanding, Accepting & Respecting our Cultural Differences Week” will be available soon.

The Alliance also wants to encourage faith communities to include Marcelo and other hate crime victims in their prayers during the commemoration week and to plan activities that encourage respect for immigrants. If your house of worship or religious group is planning an activity, please forward me the information at

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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