A 22-year-old man has killed a 69-year-old in Queens, New York in an apparent anti-gay attack.
NBC 4 news New York reports Steven Torres attacked Ever Orozco near Roosevelt Avenue and 90th Street in Elmhust, Queens as Orozco was paying at a parking meter.
Witnesses say the attacker stabbed Orozco repeatedly.
'There was a lot of screaming, and all I could see was the guy was stabbing him - stabbing him and stabbing him," said Eddie De Jesus, who saw the attack from his locksmith shop on 90th Street. De Jesus said he counted at least seven stab wounds on Orozco.
Witnesses were able to detain Torres until police arrived. Torres claims he attacked Orozco because he was blowing kisses in his direction. According to NY Daily News, sources say Orozco is married and had just dropped off his wife at a doctor's office.
Though a police officer initially told NBC 4 New York Orozco was stabbed over his cell phone, Torres is now being charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime.
'We rarely see multiple anti-LGBT homicides in New York City in one year,' said Sharon Stapel, executive director of the New YorkCity Anti Violence Project in a statement.
'Since May, we have seen homicides in the West Village, Harlem and Jackson Heights and we know that any neighborhood in New York City can be impacted by anti-LGBT violence.
'We are extremely concerned about this disturbing trend of violence against our communities.'
Earlier this month, the New York City Anti-Violence Project gave Gay Star News some insight into the series of anti-LGBT attacks that have occurred in New York in recent months, and what can be done about the violence.
'LGBT people will not achieve full equality until we change both the laws and attitudes that lead to violence for all members of our communities,' wrote Stapel.
'We need to do a better job in this city about talking about anti-LGBT violence – and increased media and law enforcement attention can help raise awareness of those who don’t regularly experience it.'