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Apr 14, 2016 7:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Vigil For Murdered Immigrant Held In Patchogue While Trump Appears At Fundraiser Down The Road

A vigil in honor of the late Marcelo Lucero was held down the road from where Donald Trump was scheduled to appear. Here, Joselo Lucero waits before the vigil for his brother begins. ALISHA STEINDECKER
Apr 19, 2016 4:46 PM

Supporters of the late Marcelo Lucero took matters into their own hands last Thursday, April 14, when the Suffolk County Republican Committee denied their request to cancel a Patchogue fundraiser where Donald Trump was scheduled to appear.

They hosted a vigil right down the block in honor of Mr. Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who was beaten and stabbed to death by a group of teenagers at the Patchogue train station in November 2008.

“This is kind of a difficult situation, because this is a holy place in some way,” said Joselo Lucero, Mr. Lucero’s brother, as he stood near the train station before the vigil. “We pray and say everything from now on, after my brother’s death, everything is going to change—we are going to have a more welcoming place where the immigrant community will be safe to walk in the streets and be fine. But, you know, seven years later, to have somebody in the national level running for president of the United States—well, it’s not like that.”

Mr. Trump has targeted illegal immigrants throughout his presidential campaign, calling for deportation as well as building a wall along the southern border of the United States, because “a nation without borders is not a nation.” Additionally, Mr. Trump believes that the number of Immigration Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officers should be tripled to allow greater enforcement, and that “birthright citizenship” in the United States should end.

Mr. Lucero said it seems that Mr. Trump and his contingent deliberately chose the Emporium—where the fundraiser for the Suffolk County Republican Committee was being held—and which is just down the road from where his brother’s murder took place.

“They have a welcoming place, which is going to have a really nice dinner—he is going to have a fundraiser, and I think that money is dirty, dirty, and it’s stained with blood,” Mr. Lucero said. “I believe he knows what he is doing, and that’s why he came here.”

Before the vigil, Minerva Perez of Sag Harbor, executive director of Organizacion Latino-Americana, a South Fork group that advocates for the immigrant community, echoed that sentiment, and said it seemed that Mr. Trump’s Patchogue appearance had been intended to incite violence.

“I don’t see any other reason why they would do what they are doing, and violence seems to be a big part at these gatherings,” she said. “I am there in support of peace, in support of solidarity, and against violence.”

Tania Cruz, a Southampton resident who attended the vigil, said it is important for the immigrant community to stand together. “For him to do that, to come to the same place where the Latino is killed … we want to let him know and we don’t like him here,” she said. “He is not welcome here.”

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By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Apr 14, 16 9:56 PM
> "Mr. Trump has taken an anti-immigrant stance
> throughout his presidential campaign."

I believe this is intentionally mis-reported -- I just went to Trump's campaign website and it speaks about "illegal aliens" -- how does the reporter miss that?

The other thing is, which came first, the Trump really, or the vigil in honor of Mr. Lucero? It's not even the anniversary of the man's murder, so it's obvious that the immigrant community planned this vigil to score some political ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 15, 16 6:00 AM
You already know the answers Frank, its Heil Hillary in the 27 East offices and we know progressives brownshirts will do anything, anything, to stir up racial, economic and cultural divisions.
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Apr 15, 16 6:27 AM
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Many east enders attended the vigil--perhaps that is why 27east covered the story.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 16 9:50 AM
Maybe I can shed some light for you. I was one of the organizers for the event and I live on the reservation....so a local resident. Lots of the supporters there were from the east end.

Obviously the Trump appearance was what prompted the vigil. We have a vigil every year close to the anniversary of Marcelo's murder. The fact that anyone would think we were trying to score "political points" shows what your values are. Where Marcelo was murdered is sacred ground in my eyes. If the Suffolk ...more
By LMVT (56), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Apr 15, 16 8:05 PM
Liberal bias perhaps?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 15, 16 6:28 AM
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There will always be one group that gets bent out of shape when their interests are threatened
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 6:43 AM
Immigration and illegal immigration are not interchangeable terms!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 15, 16 7:20 AM
I would have stopped to pay my respects at the vigil for Mr. Lucero, had I known about it. Does anyone know when the next one will be organized?
By loading... (601), quiogue on Apr 15, 16 8:43 AM
Why is it that my family from Poland has to get papers to come to America to work. While others don't???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 9:12 AM
The Lucero foundation are the racists. The Patchogue location was chosen by the Suffolk Republican Party and Mr. Trump had nothing to do with it. They also fail to mention that the convicted murderers didn't even live in Patchogue. They lived in Medford. Patchogue Village has always welcomed the Latino community. By their logic, why is it ok for Hillary and Obama to go to fundraisers in San Francisco where Kate Steinle was killed by an illegal immigrant that was deported 5 times. Their political ...more
By The Real World (368), southampton on Apr 15, 16 11:46 AM
Let me make sure I understand your comment: "The Lucero foundation are the racists" because they held a vigil at the site where Mr. Lucero was beaten and stabbed to death??
By Elliver (20), southampton on Apr 15, 16 12:30 PM
Mrs sea were u there. How many is many.
By lawnman (21), easthampton on Apr 15, 16 1:07 PM
Yes, I was personally there---and, sorry, I did not realize I had to do a headcount to justify my comment on this site.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 16 3:34 PM
How many people were at the vigil or how many east enders? The vigil about 500 attended throughout the event. East Enders? Not sure....I don'task people for papers lol
By LMVT (56), Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Apr 15, 16 8:07 PM
Mrs sea were u there. How many is many.
By lawnman (21), easthampton on Apr 15, 16 1:07 PM
Ignorance is bliss...Medord is like...10 minutes from Patchogue...a bullying, racist is revered while organizers of a vigil for a murdered man are villified. Seriously...everything about the Trump campaign speaks to hatred, violence and ignorance. Here you go haters...go to Town!
By 16945 (15), Riverhead on Apr 15, 16 2:14 PM
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A man was murdered in November 2008.
A vigil is planned for April 2016.

An election is planned for 2016.
A fundraiser is planned for April 2016.

Who planned first?

I'm not certain the correlation drawn is accurate.
By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 2:38 PM
What does one have to do with the other? It's too bad a man was murdered but it's also too bad that our country is overrun with so many illegal immigrants who are willing to break the law and then scream for their rights.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 16 3:47 PM
Yes - and wish to avail themselves of all of the social services without paying any monies into the system -

Murder each other and want to know why better investigations are not done on their behalf - and claim it is prejudice...

You get what you pay for - people - and sometimes not even then. But you are not entitled to receive these justices without earning them - that is for certain. Become a citizen. Pay taxes. Vote. Then you might get the social services you need. Including ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 2:19 PM
I don't see any problem with a nation enforcing immigration laws
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 15, 16 5:16 PM
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No rational person does!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 15, 16 6:09 PM
"...we want to let him know and we don't like him here," she said. "He is not welcome here."

Isn't that just great, the illegals telling the American he's not welcome in "their" America.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Apr 15, 16 7:35 PM
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By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 10:21 PM
Insurers warn losses from ObamaCare are unsustainable

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Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans at a rapid rate, and some have begun to talk about dropping out of the marketplaces altogether.

“Something has to give,” said Larry Levitt, an expert on the health law at ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Apr 15, 16 7:47 PM
where is this story it is dated today but not visible on the home page, like its buried by design
By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on Apr 15, 16 8:10 PM
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The county goverment and police dept is run by Democrats, but somehow Donald Trump is responible for this guys murder? What? Liberals have lost their marbles
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Apr 16, 16 12:29 AM
Hey this is a Democracy - you cannot cancel a fundraiser for a political candidate because you don't agree with his politics. That would be like him cancelling the vigil because it was for an illegal alien. You have the right to assemble and no one can deny you that right - illegal or not. So by trying to cancel the fundraiser because you don't agree with the politics of the candidate means you agree with the suppressive and repressive regimes that the illegal aliens fled. Maybe even poor Mr. ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 16, 16 8:18 PM
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Here is one east ender that attended, and I'm grateful that 27east saw fit to report on it. Patchogue has done a wonderful job addressing what was a horrific and sad incident, an incident which does not represent what it is in the hearts of most of its village residents, who have come together to unify, not to divide. I had the great pleasure of speaking with Bishop Provenzano of the LI Episcopalian Archdiocese and other religious leaders who were there. No one was denying anyone's right to free ...more
By Patti Schaefer (12), Westhampton Beach on Apr 17, 16 5:28 PM
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Massive NYC crowd goes wild when Sanders criticizes Clinton...
By 27dan (2854), Shinnecock Hills on Apr 18, 16 8:36 AM

45% of Americans pay no federal income tax
Published: MarketWatch, Inc Apr 18, 2016 7:57 a.m. ET

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By They call me (2826), southampton on Apr 18, 16 11:07 AM

Apr 18, 16 9:59 PM appended by Mr. Z
1986 Ronald Reagan Rule still in effect. Those below poverty level do not pay income tax. Too bad minimum wage is so low. Perhaps the tax base could be increased were it higher, eh?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 18, 16 9:59 PM
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...Makers vs Takers
-not gonna be pretty
By loading... (601), quiogue on Apr 19, 16 12:44 PM
Agree - Saw something on TV - an interview with a journalist who had recently dined with some one-percenters - and their fearful comment ran like this - "Well, in France they had the guillotine"...

Another astonishing fact - the last public execution by guillotine in France - outside "en plein air" - in full view - was in 1939!
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Apr 28, 16 2:14 PM
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By They call me (2826), southampton on Apr 19, 16 11:17 PM
You guys sure throw the word racist around quite liberally. Being against illegal immigration doesn't mean you are a racist. Suggesting a temporary halt of immigration from war torn muslim countries doesn't make you a racist. What exactly do you want...open borders?
By RSEQNY (6), East Quogue on Apr 22, 16 1:12 AM
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