East Village Marks Anniversary of Deadly Gas Explosion

Manhattan residents gathered Saturday to honor the memory of two men killed one year ago when a gas explosion ripped apart a three buildings in the East Village.

Nick Figueroa, 23, and Moises Lacon, 26, were killed in the blast.

Figueroa had gone to lunch at a first-floor sushi restaurant in the building where the gas line exploded. Locon was a busboy at the restaurant.

The explosion injured 22 others.

The building's owner and three others were indicted last month on manslaughter and other charges in connection with the explosion at 121 Second Avenue. Prosecutors argue that the defendants illegally tampered with the building's gas line. 

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