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Hate Crime Victim Gives Exclusive Interview

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Jan 27, 2009

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The Colombian man who was brutally attacked last Wednesday in North Plainfield, N.J. gave an exclusive interview to Spanish-language newspaper El Diario/La Prensa. In his room at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Wilter Sanchez, 33, called for bringing those responsible to justice. "I'm happy I survived," he told the newspaper. "They tried to beat me to death. I'm very sore, but thankful to God." Sanchez described being beaten by a group of five African-American men, including three minors, who reportedly called him a "Hispanic son of a bitch."

Sanchez, who can't open his eyes because of swelling, is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday to rebuild his fractured cheekbones, part of his forehead, jaw and nose.

The Somerset County has not yet ruled on whether the five suspects who were arrested on theft charges would be charged with his beating.

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