Marcelo Lucero, the Ecuadorian immigrant killed in a hate crime five years ago, will be remembered Saturday during a vigil near the Long Island Rail Road tracks where he was stabbed by seven teenagers.

The vigil, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Salvadorian church, Iglesia Evangelica Refugio, ends a weeklong series of events promoting respect and human rights in Suffolk County, organizers said.

“The Culture of Hope and Peace vigil will remember Marcelo, as well as all other victims of hate crimes,” organizers said in a press release. “It will serve further to lay the foundation for the continuation of efforts to establish respect and understanding between the diverse groups of people who reside in Suffolk County, including immigrants.”

Lucero’s brother, Joselo, will be in attendance, as will family, friends and leaders of different faiths. Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri is also expected to attend.

The service will be followed by a candlelight procession to the spot where Lucero died, organizers said.



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