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Wake Held For Homeless Man Who Stopped Attack

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A wake was held Wednesday for the homeless man killed while trying to stop an attack in Queens.

Dozens of friends and family members said their final goodbyes to Hugo Tale-Yax, 31, a man they say is a hero.

Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax was stabbed several times in the chest last Sunday morning at 88th Road and 144th Street in Jamaica after he intervened in a fight between a man and a woman.

Surveillance video captured him as he collapsed on the sidewalk.

Several people walked by, but no one called for help, and an ambulance did not arrive until an hour later.

"That really upsets me, because he has a heart to help that girl, and nobody else helped him. It's really sad. I'm still thinking about it,' said Tale-Yax's cousin, Santos Tale-Garcia.

"Coming here to look for a better life and having this ending, trying to save somebody, which was very good, and being stabbed and staying here on that sidewalk. We're very sad about that, that he was not able to receive any medical attention or assistance," said Consul General of Guatemala Ambassador Rosa Maria Merida de Mora.

Tale-Yax's body will be sent to Guatemala for burial.

Police are still looking for the attacker. He is described as being 5' 6" tall with a medium build, and was last seen wearing a green short-sleeved shirt and dark pants with a green hat.

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