Yusef Hawkins

Sixteen year old Yusef Hawkins was killed in August of 1989 after visiting the Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn to inquire about a vehicle for sale. A mob beat Hawkins and three of his friends, one killing Yusef with two gunshots. The chief assailants, Joe Fama and Keith Mondello, both received prison sentences. Mondello was freed after serving eight years, which was met with protest. Fama is not eligible for parole until 2022.

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