Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Another Latino gay man murdered in New York City

Both Hoy and El Diario La Prensa are reporting today that a Latino gay man was found stabbed to death at his Riverside Drive apartment in Washington Heights. Ismael Cortes, born in Puerto Rico, was found on Sunday morning by his partner of eight years, Oscar.

Jose Feliciano, the building superintendent, tells Hoy that that he last saw Cortes alive on the previous night when he got out of a taxi cab in the company of two other men. "They called me around 4:30am to let me know that Oscar had gone out to knock on every neighbor's doors to announce that he had found Ismael's body," he says.

Police have arrested John Brandt, 51, and said he appeared to know the victim. According to the police, Brandt has a long criminal record that includes rape, sexual abuse, criminal behavior, arson and vehicular burglary. Police are seeking a second suspect.

A neighbor, Patricia Moore, tells Hoy that she has lost a great friend and says that Cortes had been working in the dining room of the Barnard College for women at Columbia University.

Francisco Alvarado, the superintendent's assistant at the Riverside Drive building, tells El Diario "He was a very happy person, healthy, and never did a bad thing to anyone."

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