27 April 2010
Death of a good samaritan
Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax was stabbed at about 7:20 a.m. on April 18 as he tried to help a woman being threatened by a knife-wielding man.
Surveillance video from an apartment building captured Tale-Yax chasing the attacker before collapsing on the sidewalk.
Both the woman and attacker fled.
Over the next hour and 20 minutes, more than 25 people walked by and did nothing.
By the time paramedics arrived, it was too late and Tale-Yax was dead.
Most ignored him.
Some stared at him lying on the pavement.
One person even took a picture with his cell phone.
Another man rolled him over, exposing his bloody stab wounds, but then he walked away.
This took place in Queens, New York but it could have happened anywhere. No one place has the monopoly on the bad side of human nature.
I only hope that the people who passed Take-Yax by do not meet the same fate