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Dozens Walk Past Dying Good Samaritan In Queens,NY....Something The Victim's Family Say He Would've Never Done


NyPost.com: The homeless Good Samaritan who lay dying on a Queens sidewalk while nearly 25 coldhearted pedestrians strolled by would never have acted so callously, his grieving family said today.

"That shouldn’t have happened," said Edwin Tacam, the cousin of slain hero Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax. "Hugo wouldn’t have done that. It’s not important who it is, if we see someone hurt, we should help, at least call an ambulance. Lend a hand."


Tale-Yax, 32, was fatally stabbed several times in the chest at 5:40 a.m. Sunday while saving a woman from a knife-wielding thug on 144th Street and 88th Road in Jamaica, according to police.

Video footage from a surveillance camera shows dozens of passers-by walk past him as he lay on the ground.

One indifferent stroller snapped a photo of the victim on his cellphone. Another even lifted an unresponsive Tale-Yax, saw a pool of blood below his body and then walked off. Firefighters didn’t receive a 911 call until 7:23 a.m.

"The news was very painful for all of us," Tacam said. "We never would have expected he would die this way. He was a person who always stepped up to help others."

A Guatemalan immigrant, Tale-Yax eked out a living working odd jobs, but he was recently out of work and lost his home in Queens. His family said he mostly kept to himself but frequently visited friends in Jamaica, where there is a large Guatemalan community.

"He lost his life trying to help someone else — that’s brave," Tacam said. "I guess you could say he was a hero."

Police said there are still no suspects in the attack. Tale-Yax’s body will be sent back on Friday to Guatemala, where his parents live.

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Comment by Jason Samuels on May 15, 2010 at 4:51pm
Baku you are the only person who expressed the same question that I was thinking. This story is sad but does not make sense.
Comment by Dee on April 29, 2010 at 10:27pm
So sad...
Comment by Baku on April 29, 2010 at 6:45pm
Forget the passersby, what about the woman he was aiding? Why did she call for assistance? Where was she whilst he lay dying?
Comment by Ripper on April 29, 2010 at 12:20am
It may sound mean, but sometimes its best to mind your business for real. Look how he helped the girl who was being robbed. Why didn't she called the ambulance. Weak hearts die young
Comment by Ripper on April 29, 2010 at 12:17am
This is nothing new. New York always been this way before our times. My elders who used to live up here use to speak about the same isht. Only now its jus caught on film
Comment by Ms. Green on April 28, 2010 at 8:41pm
Not to go off subject but if he has family and friends, why then was he homeless and not helped and taken in by those same family members or friends until he got back on his feet?

Still sad all the same.
Comment by Cathy on April 28, 2010 at 7:23pm
Its not unusual in the city to see homeless, drunks lying on street sleeping etc. Yes those that stopped to touch the body should have helped further but they prob didnt notice blood & thought dude was drunk. Doesnt make it right but this is so not unusual in the city everywhere.
Comment by shirley edwards on April 28, 2010 at 6:46pm
scampa u said it best a comment well put
Comment by shirley edwards on April 28, 2010 at 6:44pm
WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO HAVE WE NO MERCY ON ONE ANOTHER
Comment by VERONE BARRETT on April 28, 2010 at 5:32pm
S*** GOD WASN'T ON HIS SIDE

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