Immigrant Marcelo Lucero, who was killed by Jeffrey Conroy, 19, of Medford.AP
April 19, 2010: Rosario Lucero, center, her son Joselo and daughter Isabel stand near the site where her son Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death in Patchogue, N.Y.AP
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – A $40 million lawsuit stemming from the 2008 stabbing death of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in New York's Long Island has been thrown out.
Newsday reports a U.S. District Court judge denied the lawsuit because of a technicality. A process server delivered the court summons and complaint to a state criminal court building rather than the county clerk's office.
Lucero's family announced the lawsuit against Suffolk County and its police department last year. Lucero was fatally stabbed on Nov. 8, 2008, by a group of teenagers in Patchogue (PACH'-awg).
The attackers told a judge they targeted Hispanics for kicks.
Lucero's family filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming authorities failed to prevent the killing. His brother, Joselo Lucero, says he'll seek other options to have the lawsuit proceed.
The U.S. Department of Justice had urged the Suffolk County Police Department to strengthen its efforts to avoid hate crimes like the one the 2008 killing.
In a letter released in September of 2011, the department faulted the Long Island police department's procedures and pointed to warning signs that preceded Lucero’s murder.
The department urged Suffolk County to revamp practices that it says have hurt relations with Hispanics.