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Sunday, April 25, 2010

NEW YORK CITY NEWS CONFERENCE: “State” funeral asked for Good Samaritan slain in Queens

Andy Martin, Executive Editor of, is asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to provide a state (i.e. city-sponsored) funeral for Good Samaritan Hugo Tale-Yax, a homeless man who was murdered in Queens as he came to the aid of a crime victim. Mr. Tale-Yax was ignored by over two dozen passersby as he lay dying on a city sidewalk.

Internet powerhouse Andy Martin asks New York City’s Mayor to honor the homeless Good Samaritan who was slain in Queens

Martin says the unusual sidewalk slaying case of Hugo Tale-Yax calls for special recognition
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(NEW YORK)(April 26, 2010)’s Executive Editor, Andy Martin, will hold a New York City news conference Monday, April 26th to announce that he has asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg to afford murdered Good Samaritan Hugo Tale-Yax an official city funeral.

Mr. Martin’s request to the Mayor follows below and is self-explanatory:

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April 26, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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RE: State funeral for Sidewalk Slaying Victim Hugo Tale-Yax

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

I am writing to ask that you consider providing a state (i.e. city) funeral for Hugo Tale-Yax, the Good Samaritan who was the victim of a sidewalk slaying when he came to the assistance of a crime victim in Queens.

None of who grew up in the 1960’s can forget Kitty Genovese’s murder. The indifference of neighbors was appalling. Today, in the modern era, we have surveillance tapes to document neighborly indifference.

The conscience of the city must be awakened if the shame of the city is to be avoided.

The indomitable spirit of New York has always mixed commerce with charity and compassion. Cathedrals of commerce exist, sometimes easily, sometimes uneasily, in tandem with cathedrals that call us to worship. Ms. Genovese was assaulted and murdered by a violent monster at a time of growing indifference and alienation in the 1960’s. We cannot allow that attitude to return. We can’t even allow an attitude of indifference to go unnoticed by the Mayor.

Ten years ago New York was draped with banners proclaiming the city the “Capital of the World.” Today New York is known for being the headquarters of the relentless, limitless greed of Goldman Sachs & Co., a firm that plunders the nation and impoverishes Main Streets across America so that a handful of corporate ghouls led by Lloyd Blankfein can be obscenely wealthy. Goldman’s spectacular indifference to the commonweal may help foster a community attitude where people ignore a dying man on a city sidewalk. Goldman greed certainly does not help.

I don’t know if Mr. Tale-Yax’s family has made funeral arrangements. I am sure they do not have the resources to honor Mr. Tale-Yax the way New Yorkers should honor him.

Not every homeless person who dies is entitled to public recognition. Likewise, not every Good Samaritan should receive your awareness. But I believe a Good Samaritan who is killed while rendering assistance should receive special attention. Mr. Tale-Yax should be as honored in death as he was ignored during his brief life.

Over the past thirty years I have participated in soup kitchens tending to the hungry and homeless and other aspects of community ministry. As an adjunct professor within the CUNY system I helped to educate immigrants in the 1980’s. I have always been available to my various parishes to assist with problems that arise in rendering constant assistance to those in need. How dozens of people could walk past a man who was stricken is simply beyond comprehension. It is abhorrent. What hearts beat in these persons? What spirits do they have? Their callous behavior is an anathema to every religious tradition bar none.

In church yesterday I witnessed a small miracle. One of our very regular parishioners who is seriously ill, and alone, reappeared. Yet he is not alone because he has become part of a community of faith. We care for him and care about him. No one cared for Mr. Tale-Yax until it was too late. I can't speak for every church but many pay special attention to the hungry and homeless. I know mine does. People who are homeless are often helpless. But we are not helpless as a society.

I don't know the personal circumstances of Mr. Tale-Yax’s life, but the details are irrelevant. When he saw someone in distress he answered the call of the Good Samaritan. His humanity rose above his homelessness and helplessness. Sadly, he paid with his life.

I am hopeful that you will also encourage Commissioner Kelly to throw every available resource into apprehending the perpetrator.

In the meantime, I believe you would honor all New Yorkers if you directed that the city provide an official (I use the term “state” colloquially, without suggesting the State of New York has to be involved) funeral to Mr. Tale-Yax. Mr. Tale-Yax’s life and death should be a reminder to the living, that indifference imposes a lifetime sentence of complicity on whose who stand by and do nothing when a human being is in need. The stain must be removed. Only you can take the official action to restore community honor.

It seems that we are forgetting or have forgotten the deep moral truths long embedded in our consciousness by the death of Kitty Genovese. Perhaps every generation must be reminded. Mr. Tale-Yax calls us to remember and renew our commitment to humanity and respect for those who perish in service to another person. I am sure Kitty Genovese would agree.

Respectfully submitted,




WHO: Executive Editor Andy Martin


Internet powerhouse Andy Martin asks the Mayor of New York City to provide an official city (state) funeral for Hugo Tale-Yax, stabbed last week in Queens as he came to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted. Passers-by ignored Tale-Yax as he lay dying on the sidewalk.


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