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100 activists call to stop Black on Latino hate crime violence in Peekskill, New York

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Published on May 27, 2010

More than 100 community activists gathered last night to pray for an Ecuadorian immigrant, still in critical condition after a brutal beating last week, and to look for ways to stop similar acts of violence in the city.

Surveillance video captured part of the horrific attack on Julio Serrano, who was beaten by four men in what is being investigated as a hate crime.

"My goal here is to say we cannot accept behavior like that," says community activist Norma Pereria-Mora.

Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster says there's no sure solution to the problem, but is hopeful that meetings like the one held last night are a good first step.

"We want the Latino community to feel welcome. We want the African-Americam community to feel welcoming of the Hispanic community. We want all communities really functioning well together."

Four men, Ronnie Juett, Jarron Sligh, Keith Walker and Jamar Walker, have been charged with gang assault.

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