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Dead man found in Prospect Park

Dead or alive: A homeless man occupied this camouflaged tent on Quaker Hill in Prospect Park in March. It’s unclear if this was the man police found dead in a nearby encampment on Sunday.
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Police found a man dead on Sunday in a homeless encampment in Prospect Park.

Officers discovered the unidentified 57-year-old face up inside a tent pitched on Quaker Hill — a woody section of the park between the Long Meadow baseball fields and the Nethermead — after a person alerted them at 2:19 pm, according to a police source.

A makeshift tent camouflaged with leaves and a lean-to filled with discarded odds and ends were found in March near where officers discovered the dead man.

The city’s medical examiner is investigating the body, and the cause of death is unclear.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

stan chaz from Greenpoint says:
Another day, another found body.,
in the streets, in the parks.
Another life ends, its potential lost.
We avert our eyes, we avoid them, we dismiss them, as they live & die among us. In our fear and guilt we try to hide and warehouse them in shelters.. And with each passing day, we become more and more callous and oblivious to the real human suffering and struggles all around us. The modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge among us even complain loudly: Are there no prisons? If these people are hungry & homeless it’s not my problem. It’s their fault! Let them die and decrease the surplus population! Instead of compassion, care, and concern we offer then indignation & complaints: how dare they? Get them out of my sight - not in my street, not in my park., not in my life.
Instead, I would argue that our true indignation, our real complaints, and our deepest anger should be directed towards a system that makes soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, and people living -and dying- on the street seem necessary and normal. We should complain about “values”, and a way of life, where people are disposable, whether at work, on the street or in society. We should not only complain - we should be ANGRY - about a society where our priorities are so terribly skewed, where the only gods we truly seem to worship are money, property values, and greed --above people, above decency, above life itself.
These street people are not some kind of alien half-human monsters. They are people like us who have lost their way, people who desperately need our help and understanding, not our condemnation. There but for fortune, my friends, there but for fortune, go you or I.
These lost people need our healing and our help - not our harsh words of hatred and harassment; not our dismissal or disgust. For if YOU were in their tattered shoes, if YOU lived their shattered lives, then YOU would hope and and plead for compassion and understanding; YOU would hope and pray that when YOU stumbled, that when YOU fell, people would be there to lift you up - instead of kicking you further and further down into the abyss. Love thy neighbor? Yes —especially if they are poor, hungry or homeless. That’s the true meaning of “community”. For you don't need to be religious to understand the truth and wisdom in Christ's exhortation: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me”. For it's the essence of a sane society.
Indeed, what kind of society, what kind of community, and what kind of people are we, if we close our eyes, if we turn away, if we let people die on our street corners, in our parks ...and in our hearts? If we let that happen, then ask not for whom the bell tolls, dear neighbors. It mournfully tolls for all of us….
May 31, 2017, 3:09 pm
Dario from Sunset Park says:
Well said.
May 31, 2017, 3:17 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
People with homes die too!
May 31, 2017, 4:37 pm

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