Alliance-Philippines Condemns Potential Hate Crime that Claimed the Life of a Filipino in New York.

ALLIANCE NEWS
June 25, 2014

Alliance-Philippines Condemns Potential Hate Crime that Claimed the Life of a Filipino in New York.

Los Angeles – The Alliance-Philippines vehemently condemns the tragic killing of a Filipino who died days after he was assaulted by a stranger in Woodside, New York. The victim, 56-year old Roberto Martires, died on Wednesday morning at the Elmhurst general Hospital.

The Alliance-Philippines and the Filipino-America community in the West Coast condole with the family and all Filipinos in the East Coast that suffered this senseless tragedy.

It is time for our compatriots in the East Coast to be united and led a hand to the bereaved family and fight this senseless potential act of racist violence in the community.

“Potential Hate Crime”

The Alliance believe this potential hate crime attack on Roberto Martinez is racially motivated. According to the police reports and Filipino-American media accounts, the Woodside police said Martires was leaving Filipino restaurant Krystal’s early Saturday morning when an unidentified man walked up to him and punched him in the face.

Witnesses said Martires fell down and hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to a nearby hospital.Another witness said that the attacker even asked Martires: “Are you Filipino?” before he was attacked. According to the police, investigators are treating this case as a potential hate crime.

The Alliance hopes that the New York authorities solve this violent crime against the Filipinos as soon as possible with dispatch.

For more information please call (213)241-0995 or email us at pilipinokami76@yahoo.com

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