A 22-year-old New York City man was arrested and faces a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of a 69-year-old man. Authorities are investigating the slaying as a hate crime.
Steven Torres of the Bronx is accused of fatally stabbing Edward Orozco with an 8-inch knife under the elevated train in Queens at about 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 16. Orozco was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
New York Daily news reported that Torres allegedly stabbed Orozco because the man was blowing kisses at him. The paper also reported that there was a fight or "fracas" involving the two men.
Torres was taken into custody shortly after the incident, which occurred in the early afternoon, with witnesses nearby, who pursued Torres.
This is the third reported anti-LGBT homicide in New York City in 2013, following the deaths of Mark Carson in May and Islan Nettles in August, according to the New York City Anti-Violence Project.
The NYAVP also reported that Torres faces a charge in connection with the non-fatal stabbing of a second man on Sept. 12. In that incident, the NYAVP said Torres allegedly believed the 47-year-old man was making sexual advances toward him.