Suspect in anti-gay Queens attack not charged with hate crime

Steven Torres, 22, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday on charges of second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly stabbing retired MTA mechanic Ever Orozco in Queens, New York. This is the third anti-LGBT homicide in 2012. 

According to DNAinfo New York, prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to initially charge Torres with a hate crime, but said those charges could be added on later.

“The defendant is accused of fatally stabbing an innocent bystander," Queen's District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement. "His alleged actions were violent and ruthless and the charges against him will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We rarely see multiple anti-LGBT homicides in New York City in one year,” said Sharon Stapel, Executive Director of AVP. “Since May, we have seen homicides in the West Village, Harlem and Jackson Heights and we know that any neighborhood in New York City can be impacted by anti-LGBT violence. We are extremely concerned about this disturbing trend of violence against our communities.”