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Teens Charged With Murder as Hate Crime in Queens Attack

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    Teens Charged With Murder as Hate Crime in Queens Attack

    Authorities say six teenagers are now charged with murder as a hate crime in the beating and stomping of an 18-year-old perceived to be gay.

    Anthony Collao of Bethpage, on Long Island, was attacked in March while leaving a birthday party in Woodhaven, Queens.

    Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Thursday the defendants are each charged in a 21-count indictment that includes second-degree murder as a hate crime. Brown said the charges were upgraded after new evidence from witnesses.

    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said previously that the suspects made "homophobic remarks'' and scrawled on a wall with red markers after crashing the party.

    The defendants could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.