July 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
New York men attacked in alleged hate crime
Hate Crime, Babylon, New York, Gay News, Washington Blade

Shane Buckley, 18, Justin Buckley, 17, Gregory Gilbert, 20, and Nicholas Battaglia, 18, all from Oceanside, N.Y., have been charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime. (Mugshots July 22, 2013)

BABYLON, N.Y. — Police in Suffolk County, N.Y., say four men allegedly used anti-gay slurs against two men they attacked near a train station on July 20.

News 12 Long Island reported Nicholas Bagattallia, Greg Gilbert and Justin and Shane Buckley of Oceanside, N.Y., attacked the two men after they asked them how to get to the Babylon Long Island Railroad station. The four suspects reportedly punched, kicked and shoved their victims while shouting anti-gay slurs against them.

One of the two victims was admitted to a hospital in nearby West Islip in serious condition.

Prosecutors have charged the four suspects with gang assault and assault as a hate crime in connection with the attack.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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