Marcelo Lucero Vigil Set for Sunday

Vigil to be held at United Methodist Church to mark the fourth anniversary of Lucero's death.

A vigil will be held in remembrance of Marcelo Lucero on Sunday at United Methodist Church in Patchogue. 

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. 

The annual vigil, which was re-scheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, marks the fouth anniversary of Lucero's death. 

The vigil will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the church located at 10 Church Street. 

Following the ceremony Sunday, a procession will head to the location where Lucero was stabbed at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Unity Place for a moment of silence.

John Bogack November 26, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Vigil impressions. I attended the Lucero memorial service and vigil, the fourth such event since the death of Marcelo Lucero. I have been to all of them. Those who attend now are a dedicated bunch. As the years have gone by the numbers showing up have lessened which makes the occurence of this event all the more important: this history should not fade away. Those who attend do keep the spirit of tolerance alive. Glad to see the Mayor, Supervisor Romaine, Legislator Calarco, state senator Zelden and I believe newly elected assemblyman Hennesey at the event. It's important to have elected officials involved because the march to tolerance is far from over and government leaders should be present to say that they care. Times have changed now. Railroad avenue was quiet, and deserted for the vigil itself. The night before I had been there and the only gangs of people on that street were young people heading for the Emporium so that they could get out of the cold and find a place to dance. The most vivid memory I have of the day was the very last moment. Joselo, Marcelo's brother, asking those in attendance to see his brother's death as a chance to build a better future where death is not the price for being different. And that is of course why these vigils are so important. That goal always lies ahead and must not be forgotten.


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