PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County police have arrested and charged a homeless man in the June murder of another homeless man on Long Island, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.
Thomas LaMartina, 30, is accused of bludgeoning 65-year-old Nicholas MacQueen to death. MacQueen’s body was found on the grounds of Patchogue’s Emanuel Lutheran Church and School by a soup kitchen worker.
Sunny Eng told WCBS 880 he was getting ready to open the soup kitchen at the church and school located at 179 East Main St. when he went around back and discovered a body laying on the ground.
“So what I did was I just took a look around, and when I turned the corner, I saw someone laying down and I said, ‘OK, let me call 911,’” said Eng. “I did see some blood.”
Eng said he was shaken up by the discovery.
“When you’re shocked — I just took a step back,” Eng said. “Seeing a person on the floor, that’s upsetting.”
MacQueen was known to eat at the soup kitchen and often slept on church grounds, Xirinachs reported.
Authorities have not commented on a possible motive for the killing but said LaMartina is set to be arraigned Tuesday.
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