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Documentary About Marcelo Lucero Tragedy Premieres Sunday

Deputized claims to raise the question: Were the teens behind the attack deputized by the forces within their community to commit such a senseless act?

On the heels of the fourth anniversary of the fatal stabbing of Marcelo Lucero, a new feature-length documentary on the tragedy is set to premiere at at the Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival this weekend. 

Deputized, according to a press release from Seedworks Films, exposes how the adolescent "game" of so called "beaner-hopping"–a term used to describe the ritual of attacking Latinos for sport–"was ignored for at least half a decade by Suffolk County police and officials, resulting in the fatal stabbing of Lucero, the devastation of 8 families—the Lucero family and the 7 boys’ families—and a community’s belief in itself."

Lucero, an Ecuadorean immigrant, was stabbed near the Patchogue train station shortly before midnight on Nov. 8, 2008. A group of teenagers attacked Lucero, with one of them, Jeffrey Conroy, fatally stabbing the 37-year-old. Conroy was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime and is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence. 

Deputized, which was produced and directed by Long Island native Susan Hagedorn, includes interviews with Lucero's brother Joselo, Bob Conroy, the father of Jeffrey Conroy, and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri. 

Pontieri is featured in the trailer of the film. In it he states: "On the morning of the 8th, I thought I knew everything. On the morning of the 9th, I realized I knew very little."

Watch the full trailer here

John Bogack November 29, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Perhaps the Plaza Mac could have a screening here in Patchogue Village soon?
bob November 30, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I agree I would love to see this but cant get out east--too far to travel!
Renee Roberts November 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I can't abide how (according to this writeup at least) the blame for this tragedy is laid at the feet of Suffolk County Police. "...was ignored for at least half a decade by Suffolk County police and officials, resulting in the fatal stabbing of Lucero, the devastation of 8 families—the Lucero family and the 7 boys’ families—and a community’s belief in itself." Really? Because if the SCP hadn't allegedly ignored the problem, then those boys would have known that what they were doing was wrong? Is that what our society has come to now - no one has any responsibility for their actions, and blame gets laid at the feet of authority? NO. The blame for this tragedy lies with those who committed it; there is simply NO WAY that they did not know what they were doing was wrong. They did it anyway. That's called free will, and these individuals chose VERY badly and caused a tragedy for everyone involved. SCPD is not responsible for the very bad actions of a group of criminals.
Patchogue Snoop December 27, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This is nothing more than crap. A liberal that is drawing his plays from the rule book of Alinsky. Never waste a tragedy, exploit it to further the liberal agenda. With the exception of the stabber, the other kids went to jail for nothing more than heckling. Obscene sentences were handed down by our DA. Conroy was found gulity of manslauter by a jury who was torn by the insane pressure put on them. He stabbed the victim after Lucero attacked him first, seeking revenge against them for their heckling. Luceros pal started the melee by screaming a racial slur at the gang of kids who were out for more heckling...nothing more. Newsrag first reported a cold blooded murder starting the rants of the liberals and turned our village into a circus. Remember those vigilantees the "Guardian Angels". Remember the meetings held by a radical alleged pastor seeking to capitalize on this tragedy and advance his agenda of open borders. And of course the instant civil suit for big bucks against the families. Nice, put the young Conroy kids on the street to suffer with no money. Only in today's America. Which is going down the tubes quickly. Come here legally and you have nothing to fear....Welcome. Come here as an illegal criminal and you deserve nothing.

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