Although it was initially thought that a man who was stabbed to death under a New York subway station in broad daylight on Sept. 16 was attacked over a cellphone, officials now believe that the 69-year-old was targeted because his attacker believed he was gay.
Edward Orozco was allegedly stabbed to death with an eight-inch knife by Steven Torres, a 22-year-old Bronx resident. Torres is looking at second degree murder charges after he supposedly attacked Orozco below the elevated 7 train station at 90th St. and Roosevelt Avenue, The Huffington Post reported.
"There was a lot of screaming, and all I could see was the guy was stabbing him -- stabbing him and stabbing him," said local stop owner Eddie De Jesus.
The New York Daily News is reporting that Torres says he initiated the attacked because Orozco "[blew] kisses" at him.
"I really don't know what to think," said Julio Lobaton, another witness to the attack. "I'm just shaken because what happened to this poor guy...He was screaming, 'Help me help me.' I tried to intervene, but then he pulled a knife and started stabbing the guy on the floor."
Witnesses are saying that Torres began laughing after he was apprehended by authorities. "He was laughing, yes," Lobaton said. "He was laughing like nothing."
Orozco was pronounced dead after he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. The attack occurred after Orozco, who is married, dropped his wife at a local doctor’s office.