Chapter 12: Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination
Maestas’ face and mouth are bruised and swollen, she said. “They haven’t even been
able to see if he has all his lower teeth because his lower lip is so mangled.”
While a brain scan didn’t reveal any damage, she said, it’s too early to tell for sure.
Maestas has not regained consciousness, and doctors are keeping him sedated, she
Doctors don’t know whether he will suffer permanent damage from the attack if he
pulls through, Rosen said.
Rosen, who has known Maestas’ mother for 10 years, said the Maestas family is
“traumatized” by the situation, but is a supportive, loving group of people.
“They are a wonderful family ,” she said.
Gabriel Maturin, 20, Isaia Medina, 19, and David Trinidad , 17, have been charged in
connection with the beating, and police say three other men also were present during
District Attorney Henry Valdez said Wednesday that the case will be presented soon
to a grand jury, which might decide to charge one or more of the men whom police
The prosecutor has said longer sentences could be imposed for convictions in the
case under a 2003 state law if a jury finds a hate crime occurred.
Meanwhile, a Santa Fe group is planning a candlelight vigil for Maestas at 6 p.m.
Saturday on the Plaza.
“The purpose is to show community support against hate crimes,” said Ross Randall ,
a board member of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Santa Fe.
Rosen, who chairs a group called Equality New Mexico, said she is setting up a fund
to help pay some of Maestas’ medical bills.
She said donations to the “Love Conquers Hate Fund” can be sent to P.O. Box