This is so sad. An innocent man is dead after attending a house party in Queens Saturday.
Party crashers yelled anti-gay slurs, then beat and stomped a teen to death at a Queens birthday bash, sources and witnesses said.
Anthony Collao, 18, a recent high school graduate who wanted to help run his family’s ice cream business, died Monday at Jamaica Hospital.
It’s not clear why Collao was targeted. Friends said he had a girlfriend and was not gay – though the two men who threw the party are openly gay.
Four suspects – Alex Velez, 16, of the Bronx, and Nolis Ogando, Christopher Lozada and Luis Tabales, all 17 and from Queens – were arrested soon after the Saturday incident.
Lozada was wearing the victim’s Atlanta Braves baseball cap, and the others were covered in blood, sources said.
They were arraigned Monday night on charges of manslaughter and assault in Queens Criminal Court and were each held on bail of $100,000 to $200,000.
They came uninvited to the Woodhaven party – advertised on Facebook – and refused to pay a $7 cover charge. They stormed the 90th St. home, busting windows and picking fights, witnesses said.
The party was held in an abandoned home without electricity, lawyers for the suspects said.
The crashers flashed gang signs, yelled anti-gay slurs and scrawled epithets in red marker on the walls, the two party hosts said.
“They called us homos and all kinds of stuff,” said one of the men, who was celebrating his 20th birthday.
Sensing trouble, Collao left with a friend and was chased, sources said. The gang caught up to him, pinned him against a car and “beat him to within an inch of his life,” a source said.
He was kicked and punched. Velez carried a pipe, sources said.
Collao was on life support until Monday.
Neighbors said his family runs an ice cream business in Queens and moved to Long Island three years ago.
“He was a very respectful, very friendly, very handsome young man,” neighbor Angela Marinella, 69, said. “It breaks my heart.”
“I hope they go away for the rest of their lives,” pal Pete Thearle, 18, said of the killers. “But that won’t bring him back.”
A pipe? Really? What is wrong with kids these days? Are they really so angry that they’re just robbing innocent people of their lives for NO FU*KING REASON?
They need to put these “kids” under the jail. Unfortunately the families of the accused aren’t apologetic — instead they are insisting their teenagers weren’t responsible!
Velez’s father, Alex, said his son is an A student who punched Collao only after the victim lunged at him. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
Ogando’s aunt, Ercina Rodriguez, said her nephew told her he had nothing to do with Collao’s death. She said her nephew was suicidal in jail.
“He said he was at a party and when he saw everyone run he ran too. He didn’t see anything,” she said. “He has chronic anemia and weighs like 80 pounds. He is not a gangbanger. This is not Nolis, this is not him.”
SMH. How do they explain why their teens were covered in blood or wearing the victim’s hat then?