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Sketches released of Rispoli’s two killers

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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 3:20 pm

Police released sketches last Friday of two suspects in the October murder of longtime Sunnyside resident and gay rights activist Lou Rispoli.

One suspect is white and in his 20s. The other man is thought to be Hispanic and in his 30s.

The Police Department, the Mayor’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the attack. Private individuals have contributed an additional $3,000, boosting the total to $25,000. All information can be reported anonymously at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).

Rispoli, 62, was beaten with a blunt object outside a large apartment complex at 41-00 43 Ave. around 2 a.m. on Oct. 20. A witness saw the attack from across the street and called the police. He said two men hit Rispoli while a tall man waited at a car. Officials are unsure if the murder was a hate crime.

Rispoli, an administrator at Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan, was an active member of the Sunnyside and gay communities. He had been legally married for one year to his partner of 32 years, Danyal Lawson.

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