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Brutal Killing in Woodside Was Not Racially Motivated, Police Say

June 26, 2014 By Michael Florio

The police are NOT treating the brutal killing of a 56-year-old man in Woodside Saturday as a hate crime.

Roberto Martires, a father of two and limo driver, was punched in the face in front of 69-04 Roosevelt Ave at approximately 12:10 am Saturday, before dying at Elmhurst Hospital from his injuries on Tuesday.

Despite reports that he was asked whether he was Filipino by the suspect before being struck, the police do not believe the attack was racially motivated.

The police are still looking to question a man described as a Hispanic male, in his early-to-mid 20’s, last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a dark colored baseball cap.

A memorial featuring flowers, candles and a flag of the Philippines, has been erected near where Martires, a Woodside resident, was attacked.

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No to hate crime!

Hate crime is a BIAS-motivated crime. Anyone who targets a certain group based on ethnicity( white, blacks, hispanics, asians etc ), sexual orientation ( lesbian, gay, trans etc ) , physical appearance, religion etc. can be criminalized. People, please be informed. Some of your comments are just ridiculous!


Our precinct screws up again looks like hate crime to me btw will jimmy vs. Bramer have another street naming. ? Great photo up in the works


wat me no hte whitey we just wanna breakder bones

such gutless wussie cops today…..OHbahhma and Holder are the two most Black racist idiots to ever run America..

The Original Hipsta Thugg

Hey Fonz – he was 56. Not an old man. The punk probably sucker punched him. Hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.


Only hate crime if white guy the perp cause Hispanics and blacks never hate never ever

Jimmy Van BaconStrips

I’m sure by now he has:

– no mustache
– no beard
– no baseball hat
– no white shirt
– no dark jeans

Now we gotta hope someone in his community turns him in – good luck with that.

43rd & 43rd

Unbelievable. “Are you Filipino? Uh…I don’t care, it’s not like it’s relevant at all. But are you?”


It seems to me, if the suspect questioned the vics ehnic I.D. prior to the assault, this is by definition a “hate crime”.


Is the Fizz Lounge still open at that location? Were these folks there before the incident? Seems it was/is located at 6904 Roosevelt and appears to be some type of club/bar. Haven’t seen anything reported so maybe it is closed now? This video claims to be from Fizz Lounge in 2010:


It’s not a hate crime because the victim isn’t white and the criminal isn’t black. or is it the other way around?


Of course it’s not a hate crime that only applies to when whites do this . I personally think it was an angry census worker

Celtic Bark

How the hell do they know anything about the killer’s motivation considering they haven’t caught him or even know his name yet?


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