More than 1,000 people turned out Monday for a protest against hate crimes, ending their march at West Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue, where Mark Carson was killed in an apparent anti-gay bias attack last week.

Members of Carson's family addressed the crowd, which included City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

"The family would like to have justice be served, so that Mark's death is not in vain," said Carson's aunt, Flourine Bompars.


Chilling reports emerged on Tuesday that the man charged with Carson's murder, Elliot Morales, was laughing as he confessed to the killing.

Meanwhile, another assault against a gay man was reported in the East Village on Monday night.

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