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Man beaten to death in Baltimore

Baltimore Police are identifying a man who was fatally beaten with a piece of lumber in what they call a hate crime.

Police say 51-year-old Martin Rayez was found early Saturday with severe trauma to his face and head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Nineteen-year-old Jermaine Holley has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying after police say he confessed.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says police are classifying the slaying as a hate crime because Holley indicated in his statement that he “hated Hispanics.”

Police say this is the latest in a rash of violence against Hispanics in the area, but Holley doesn't appear to be linked to other incidents.

Officers and neighborhood volunteers walked door-to-door Saturday to promote a dialogue between police and the Spanish-speaking community.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 23, 2010; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , Homicide  
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This is the first case of which I am aware that a Black man has been charged with a Hate Crime.

Posted by: | August 23, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

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