Adan Gonzalez, Medical Assistant, Mourned; Community Calls for an Arrest
It took a few days, but the police have finally released the identity of a man who was fatally stabbed Saturday morning. His name is Adan Gonzalez, 28, of East 106th Street. He was a medical assistant in the urology department at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
A friend of his posted to her blog that Gonzalez was "humble, positive, outgoing, funny and a great person overall..."
Friends say that Gonzalez had been at his favorite salsa dancing spot, the restaurant and bar Orbit, on East 116th Street. He was stabbed after he left, and robbed of his wallet. He made it to the intersection of East 115th St. & 2nd Ave. in East Harlem, where he collapsed. Police officers found him sitting upright, leaning against a wall, at about 6:20 a.m. The city Medical Examiner says he died of a stab wound to his heart and lungs.
Friends and relatives held a fundraiser and community rally for him last night to pay for his funeral expenses, and call on residents and police to swiftly capture his killer. The funeral service was this morning.
Activist Clark Pena, a former longtime member of Community Board 11, says Gonzalez supported his elderly mother and a sister who is still in school.
"He was an unbelievable guy," he says. "He was always there for someone else."
Pena says that the local bar and restaurant association held a meeting recently to discuss concerns about public safety in the neighborhood.
"We need more police here," he says. "And we need the city to create a business improvement district."
City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who attended the rally, says, "Any violence is a concern. We want to make sure this person is caught."
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