Immigrant Found Dead Behind NYC Pizzeria After Being Wheeled There in Office Chair

Immigrant found dead behind NYC pizzeria, highlighting challenges faced by immigrant communities and the need to address substance abuse issues.

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Immigrant Found Dead Behind NYC Pizzeria After Being Wheeled There in Office Chair

Immigrant Found Dead Behind NYC Pizzeria After Being Wheeled There in Office Chair

A 34-year-old immigrant named Julio Morocho was found dead behind a pizzeria in Port Richmond, Staten Island on Monday morning. According to police, surveillance video captured two men dropping off Morocho's body behind the pizzeria in an office chair.

John Young, a neighbor who lives near the pizzeria, claimed that Morocho was "extremely intoxicated" and sprawled out on Young's driveway earlier that morning, asking for help to get to the nearby pizzeria. Young and another man allegedly wheeled Morocho to the pizzeria in the office chair.

However, Morocho's roommate told police that Morocho had taken a narcotic earlier that night and was found unresponsive. The roommate said he dropped Morocho off at the pizzeria to avoid getting in trouble.

The neighborhood where Morocho was living is known to have a hiring spot for illegal day laborers. Police said the house where Morocho resided has been a "problematic location" with frequent visits due to complaints about stolen property, loud music, and people going into other people's yards.

Why this matters: This tragic incident highlights the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by immigrant communities, particularly those working as day laborers. It also underscores the importance of addressing substance abuse issues and providing support for individuals struggling with addiction.

The cause of Morocho's death is pending an autopsy, and no charges have been filed so far. Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death and the actions of those involved in moving his body to the pizzeria.

Key Takeaways

  • Immigrant Julio Morocho found dead behind pizzeria in Staten Island.
  • Surveillance video shows two men dropping off Morocho's body in an office chair.
  • Morocho was intoxicated and his roommate dropped him off to avoid trouble.
  • Neighborhood known for illegal day laborers and complaints about the house Morocho lived in.
  • Cause of death pending autopsy, no charges filed as police investigate the incident.