On November 8, 2008, having had a few beers and an early din-ner, Marcelo Lucero, an undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant,took a late-night stroll with his childhood friend Angel Loja nearthe train tracks in Patchogue, a seaside village of twelve thou-sand people in Suffolk County, New York, a county that only three years earlier had been touted by
magazine as one of the safest and wealthiest in the United States.
It is also one of themost segregated counties.
Before the mild moonlit night was over, Lucero was stabbedand killed by a gaggle of teenagers from neighboring towns, whohad gone out hunting for “beaners,” the slur that, as some of themlater told police, they used for Latinos. Earlier that night, they hadharassed and beaten another Hispanic man—a naturalized UScitizen from Colombia named Héctor Sierra. The teenagers alsoconfessed to attacking Hispanics at least once a week.Lucero was not the rst immigrant killed by an enraged mobin the United States, and he most certainly will not be the last. At least two other immigrants were killed in the Northeast in 2008,