ELMHURST, N.Y. – A New York City man faces a second-degree murder as a hate crime charge after he allegedly stabbed a man to death because he was reportedly “blowing kisses” at him.
The New York Daily News reported Steven Torres, 22, told New York Police Department detectives he repeatedly stabbed Ever Orozco, 69, under the subway tracks on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens’ Elmhurst neighborhood on Monday afternoon. The NYPD said Torres also faces charges for allegedly stabbing a co-worker at a Manhattan construction site whom he said blew kisses at him on Sept. 12.
Orozco’s death comes roughly a month after Islan Nettles, a transgender woman, was beaten to death in an intersection in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood.
The NYPD said Elliot Morales fatally shot Mark Carson, a gay Brooklyn man, in Greenwich Village in May during what it has classified as a hate crime.
“We are extremely concerned about this disturbing trend of violence against our communities,” Anti-Violence Project Executive Director Sharon Stapel said.