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Police to address attacks on Latinos

City officials are planning a news conference in Patterson Park to address growing concerns by Latinos that they are being targeted. The latest victim is Martin Reyes, who was beaten to death with a board. His cousin was shot in the forehead in July.

The attack on Reyes (left) appears to be by a mentally unstable man who has been arrested and charged and told police he hated "Mexicans." All the victims have been Honduran. Police think some of the victims were robbed because they are easy targets -- carry cash, are walking home late at night from work and are scared of immigration.

The Sun's Nick Madigan found this out about Reyes:

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Here's how the suspect, Jermaine Holley, was out of jail at the time of the killing:

At the time of the killing, Holley, 19, had been ordered to appear in court on charges that he had violated his probation in a case stemming from an arrest in June 2009, when police saw him selling three capsules of heroin at East Fayette and East streets. Courts records show the probation violation was triggered by an April arrest on a drug-distribution charge and in June for failing to pay a taxi fare. Court records show he also failed to report for drug treatment and tests.

The court records show that Holley failed to show for his probation hearing July 13 before District Judge L. Robert Cooper. The judge issued a warrant ordering Holley's arrest, but the suspect's mother, Angela Graham, told the court that Holley had been picked up by Baltimore police three days earlier on an emergency protective order and sent to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to meet with a counselor for his schizophrenia.

The judge rescinded the arrest warrant and issued a summons for Holley to appear in court Aug. 5, according to court records. It is unclear whether that hearing took place. Holley's trial on the probation violation and the most recent drug-distribution charge was scheduled Sept. 7. Police described Holley as mentally unstable and said he might have stopped taking his medication before Reyes' killing.

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