Eight people accused in what some are calling one of the city's most brutal hate crimes.
Eight people faced a judge on Sunday for what some are calling one of the most brutal hate crimes. The suspects are accused of anti-gay gang attacks on three men in the Bronx. The crime has sparked many to call for an end to the violence.
The eight young suspects were arraigned Sunday, a day after their arrest for the vicious attacks.
Police say the crimes happened at this abandoned apartment in the Bronx last weekend.
Investigators believe a gang known as the Latin King Goonies lashed out after learning that a 17-year-old recruit was gay.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said "he was thrown into a wall, made to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter, and sodomized with a wooden handle of a plunger."
The eight suspects then allegedly attacked and tortured another teen and a 30-year-old man over several hours.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "the heartless men who committed these crimes should know their fellow New Yorkers will not tolerate their vicious acts or the hatred that fuels them."
The shock of the crime caused outrage among city and state leaders.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said "you don't attack somebody of who they are, unless you are an ignorant coward."
Over the weekend, the father of one of the suspects defended his son.
Jose Carabarllo said "he said I'm not involved with that, I'm not involved with that pop."
One thing is clear: The community wants those responsible brought to justice.
Police are still looking for a ninth suspect.