Homeless Man Left Dying in Street Honored at Wake - NBC New York

Homeless Man Left Dying in Street Honored at Wake



    Passersby gawk, take cell-phone photos and generally ignore a dying man, a video indicates. (Published Wednesday, April 28, 2010)

    A homeless Good Samaritan who was ignored while lying, mortally wounded, on a New York City sidewalk will be honored at a wake.

    The family of Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax was holding services for the Guatemalan immigrant on Wednesday at a Brooklyn funeral home.

    Police say Tale-Yax was stabbed while helping a woman being attacked.

    He was found dead on April 18, after lying on a Queens sidewalk for nearly an hour. Some passersby paused and left; others kept walking.

    One of his brothers, Byron Tale-Yax, says their actions send a message about humanity.

    Police are still looking for the woman Tale-Yax rescued, and the man with whom she had fought.