Murder of Black Gay Man in New York Called Hate Crime

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New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called the recent shooting death of a black gay man a hate crime.

Police said Elliott Morales, a 33-year-old ex-convict, was yelling anti-gay slurs before he allegedly shot to death Mark Carson, following a brief argument Friday night in New York's Greenwich Village.

Carson and his friend walked away from Morales and his two friends, but Morales followed Carson to continue his end of the argument.

Carson, 32, was shot once in the face, and he died instantly. Morales attempted to escape by running and blending into the crowd, but police caught him with a pistol, believed to be the murder weapon.

"This clearly looks like a hate crime," Kelly said during a Saturday news conference. On Sunday, prosecutors charged Morales with murder as a hate crime.

Carson's murder is the second involving a black gay man in four months. Marco McMillian, an openly gay black men who was running for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., was found murdered February 27 near a Mississippi River levee.

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