Homeless Man Found Dead in Memorial Park

Police: man likely froze to death.

A homeless man was found dead in Nyack's Memorial Park on Christmas Eve, Orangetown Police said.

The man was spotted on the stone steps near the playground by a resident walking his dog on the morning of Monday, Dec. 24.

The resident—believing the man was asleep—left the park to purchase him a jacket and breakfast. Upon returning, the resident discovered the man was dead.

Police could not confirm the cause of death as of Friday morning, but believe the man may have froze to death. "There were no signs of assault," said Sgt. George Garrett.

Authorities identified the man as Orlando Florez, a 46-year-old man who called the streets of Nyack home.

Garrett said Florez was a familiar face to Orangetown Police, and was often drinking—the man may have passed out the night before due to alcohol, police said.

Florez has no next of kin to contact, Garrett said.

john simon December 30, 2012 at 04:00 AM
W) With the economy the way it is its only going to get worse with homelessness;hopelessness and more people commuting suicide because of the way things are
elizabeth December 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM
It turns out, this poor man, had a son and daughter in law. He also rented a room, and was not homeless. We need to stop encouraging illigal immigration from Mexico and Central America. We are not doing these people any favors by hiring them off the books, for jobs that do not pay enough to support them in a decent manner. Then they get stuck here, without their wives and families. They get depressed, drunk, cold, etc. The bleeding hearts need to understand, we are not doing these poor people any favors, only saving the contractors lots of money, by not having to pay minum wage.
BR Cannon December 31, 2012 at 01:09 PM
If this poor man died because he drank to much then there should be an investigation by the Orangetown Police Department into who sold him the liquor and they should be held fully accountable for his death.
Clarkstown life December 31, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Really???????????? To accomplish what, may I ask?
E. Curtin January 08, 2013 at 05:48 AM
Can't find my last post on this site, but we all need to think about the circumstances of this man's last hours or minutes. Freezing to death in Memorial Park on Christmas Eve, surrounded by warm and seemingly welcome houses strung with sparkling Christmas lights, decorated trees displayed in their windows, the smell of fireplace woodsmoke filling the air. All symbols of "A HOME." To be or even to feel homeless on that night must have been a very sad ending to a relatively young life. I hope this man has gone home. If he had a drink before he died, I would not blame him, but don't know if he did and no one seems to know. If he did, maybe it gave him a sense of warmth and/or made him feel connected to the homes surrounding him on that night or perhaps a past home. No one should judge him. God bless his soul.


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