Washington Heights Man Found Dead in Apartment

By Jess Wisloski on October 21, 2012 1:21pm 

 The apartment building at 552 W.174th St., where Manuel Paulino, 74, was found dead on Oct. 20th, 2012.
The apartment building at 552 W.174th St., where Manuel Paulino, 74, was found dead on Oct. 20th, 2012.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Police discovered the body of an elderly man in the man's apartment after neighbors called police to report a bad odor eminating from the 174th Street unit.

Manuel Paulino, 74, was found and determined to be dead at the scene by police who discovered the victim Saturday at 5:52 p.m.

Neighbors described Paulino as kind, and as a longtime fixture in the neighborhood. Many thought he lived by himself.

"He was a very nice man. He was no bother to anyone," said Manuel Almanzar, who said Paulino was quiet. "He would walk around the neighborhood and have a few drinks, that was it," he said.

Heraldo Lisanti, 64, a street vendor at 174th Street and  St. Nicholas Avenue, was saddened to hear the news. "He was a good man, a nice guy. Every Sunday he would buy a kebab from me and we would talk about life and stuff," he said. "He was always happy."

Police said the cause of death is unknown, and a medical examiner's report was pending.

 

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