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    >> one of the most vicious hate crimes in recent memory. police in new york say members of a gang tortured and brutalized a teen for being gay. michelle franzen reports.

    >> reporter: new york city police say the brutal hate crimes took place at this vacant bronx apartment. the first of three attacks happened after a gang beat and tortured a 17-year-old recruit they believed was involved with a 30-year-old man.

    >> he was thrown into a wall, made to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter and so domized with the wooden handle of a plunger.

    >> reporter: the gang attacked another man, dragged the 30-year-old man to the apartment and tortured him for hours.

    >> this is a terrible wolf pack of nine against woods.

    >> reporter: seven suspects were arrested aged 17 to 23. one turned himself in. police released a photo of the ninth suspect still at large, 22-year-old are you rudy perez . the crime was condemned.

    >> we will not tolerate it in the city of new york .

    >> reporter: the city has seen a rash of anti-gay violence and bullying cases n. the past week three men reported beinging attacked including one at the legendary gay bar stonewall. rutgers university student tyler clemene jumped to his death off a city bridge after learning his dorm room sexual encounter was streamed over the internet.

    >> we have seen far too many examples of how hate gets twisted into a weapon that can destroy young people and cut short their promising lives.

    >> reporter: city leaders say the latest attacks show they must work harder to send a message that hate in any form won't be tolerated. for "today," michelle franzen , nbc news, new

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