Family Remembers Hector Vera, Pedestrian Killed on Delancey Street

Hector Vera celebrated a niece’s birthday at a family party at El Nuevo Amanecer on the Lower East Side in 2005. Photo courtesy of Barbara Perez.

The following story is reported by journalist and Lower East Side resident Jennifer Strom:

To the many strangers passing through the intersection of Delancey and Essex streets on the morning of April 12, Hector Luis Vera was a spectacle of police lights and crowds, a rush-hour clog on a main commuter artery into the city, a body mostly covered by a sheet, drawing sidewalk gawkers.