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31-Year-Old Guatemalan Immigrant Dies In NYC While People Pass By

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The homeless man lay face down, unmoving, on the sidewalk outside an apartment building, blood from knife wounds pooling underneath his body.

One person passed by in the early morning. Then another, and another. Video footage from a surveillance camera shows at least seven people going by, some turning their heads to look, others stopping to gawk. One even lifted the homeless man’s body, exposing what appeared to be blood on the sidewalk underneath him, before walking away.

It wasn’t until after the 31-year-old Guatemalan immigrant had been lying there for nearly an hour that emergency workers arrived, and by then, it was too late. Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yaxe — who police said was stabbed while intervening to help a woman being attacked — had died.

“I think it’s horrific,” said Marla Cohan, who teaches at a school across the street from where Tale-Yaxe died. “I think people are just afraid to step in; they don’t want to get involved; who knows what their reasons are?”

Read the rest of the article at TheRecord.com.

After Jesus shared what we have come to know as The Parable Of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37), he asked this question,

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

Then the expert in the law, whom Jesus was speaking with, said,

“The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus’ response was simple,

“Go and do likewise.”

Unfortunately for Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yaxe there was no “Good Samaritan” in the final chapter of his life story. No one who had mercy on him. No one who “went and did likewise”.

Would I have passed by or stopped to help? What would you have done?

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