Deepest sympathy

I don’t usually focus on serious current events, not because I don’t consider them important, but because historical and cultural exploration is, frankly, much easier to deal with. I can’t begin to cover the current state of immigrant lives in New York and I’m certainly not an expert, or even an immigrant, unless you count the Midwest as another country.

But I must express my deep sympathy for the family of Romel and José Sucuzhanay, Ecuadorean immigrants who were attacked in Brooklyn on Sunday morning.

Romel is OK, but José, 31, is not going to make it. He owned a Bushwick real estate company and was a member of the community. The senseless violence that robbed him of his life is a crime against us all.

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