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I was thrown for a loop when I read about this man's death. An imigrant from El Salvador, Abelino Mazaniego was sitting on a bench in an upscale New York suburb after finishing his shift in a restaurant when he was beaten unconcious by a group of teenagers. One of the teens filmed the incident on his cell phone and circulated the video among their friends in Summit, New Jersey. And as if that wasn't bad enough, when he was taken to the emergency room, a nurse stole $640 in cash from his wallet.
A few days later, Mazaniego died. He is described by co-workers and others as a "genial, really nice gentleman..... a hard worker."
A 19 year-old, an 18 year-old and a 17 year-old are being charged with murder. As of yet, no motive has been discussed. It is not known if the attack was racially motiviated, or a "thrill kill," or something else. Nor has it been disclosed whether there were others involved in the beating.
Forty-seven year-old Mr. Mazaniego was a cook's assistant at the Dabbawalla Restaurant, where he had been employed for 3 years. He had been a husband for 29 years and was the father of four children. The restaurant has posted his picture with a note stating that he was the sole supporter of his family asking patrons to donate money to help his family.
I was so outraged by this story, I was speechless. To beat someone senseless, film the attack, and then circulate it among friends?? What is wrong with people? This to me is sick beyond belief! I hope the attackers get prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Life in prison is almost too good for these guys. (The nurse who stole the cash from an unconscious emergency room patient has been arrested as well. I would hope he has been fired!)
Rest in peace, Abelino Mazaniego, and may your family be safe and strong.