Homeless, not faceless: After killings, a community mourns

NEW YORK (AP) — The killings of four men asleep on streets in Manhattan’s Chinatown have trained scrutiny on the city’s struggle to reduce homelessness. But they also have spotlighted a sense of community.

Dozens of people paid respects this week to one victim, 83-year-old Chuen Kok, at a memorial service arranged by local residents.

Some had brought the homeless man food and blankets, offered him money and encouraged him to go to shelters over the years.

Police say he and Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran and Nazario Vásquez Villegas were bludgeoned to death Oct. 5 as they slept on the streets around a Chinatown square a few blocks from City Hall. A fifth man was critically injured.

Twenty-four-year-old suspect Randy Santos has been charged with murder. He hasn’t entered a plea.

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