A Bronx man has died after stepping into a dispute between a teenager and a group of young men.
Police say 26-year-old Orlando Salgado was near Fordham University when he was fatally stabbed at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Witnesses said Salgado was helping a 16-year-old who had been involved in a clash between two groups. They said Salgado told the teen, "I'll hang with you."
According to the witnesses, some of the people involved in the earlier argument came back to the block looking for the terrified teen, and they stabbed both him and Salgado.
The teen wasn't hurt, but Salgado was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Salgado -- a neighbor and friend of the boy's mother -- was on his way to get something to eat when he came upon the confrontation, the New York Post reported.
The 16-year-old's mother -- who wouldn't give her name because she fears retaliation -- told the Post will be forever grateful to Salgado. "All my life, I don't know how to pay him back. He was a hardworking man. He was like my brother. He didn't need to die like that," she said.
No arrests have been made.