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4 Arrested in Anti-Gay Attack on Long Island

All four suspects were charged with assault as a hate crime

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    Suffolk County Police say four people are charged with assault as a hate crime after a weekend attack in Babylon. Two of the suspects are the younger brothers of a Long Island Marine who was killed serving overseas. Greg Cergol reports.

    Police arrested four suspects who allegedly repeatedly punched and kicked two men while yelling anti-gay epithets on a Long Island street early Sunday. 

    One of the victims remains hospitalized in serious condition following the 3:45 a.m. attack in Babylon. The other was treated from the hospital and released.

    Police say the four male suspects, ages 20, 18, 18 and 17, were walking by the two victims on Deer Park Avenue and paused to ask for train directions. They then allegedly began punching, kicking and shoving the victims while uttering slurs.

    Two of the suspects are brothers of a 21-year-old Marine who was killed last year in Afghanistan, the family confirmed to NBC 4 New York. The family said Monday there was more to the story, but didn't elaborate.
    All four suspects were charged with two counts of third-degree assault as a hate crime. The three older suspects also were charged with second-degree gang assault.
    --Pei-Sze Cheng contributed to this story

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