JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Sunday were investigating the suspicious death of a man known and loved by many in his Jersey City neighborhood.
The mans body was found at a park across the street from where he lived. Neighbors on Manhattan Avenue tell CBS2s Lisa Rozner the 77-year-old victim was named Tony Bello.
Known by many as Coach B after coaching and being involved with the local little league at Pershing Field Park, Bello was also a teacher at St. Nicholas Church.
Neighbors say they heard an ambulance and police sirens outside around 7:30 am. They came outside to find a crime scene in the park, where Bellos body was reportedly found on one of the benches.
Sources tell CBS2 Bellos death is being probed as a fatal stabbing. Neighbors say it was a daily morning routine for him to walk in the park, grab a coffee, read a paper, and smoke a cigarette.
Described as a friendly man who always went out of his way to mentor local youths, people who knew Bello say the cant understand why anyone would want to harm him.
“He was always so friendly to everyone with us and the woman who used to live there,” Jersey City resident Mariah DeBenedetto said. He always sat out he never bothered anybody. I dont understand.”
“I feel so bad for his wife and his sons and his daughter, his grandsons he loved them and we loved Mr. Bello,” neighbor Jorainey Quinton said. “Its heartbreaking, its so sad.”
Prosecutors Homicide Unit responding to the area of Manhattan and Central avenues in Jersey City for a suspicious death of a male.
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Bellos family told CBS2s Lisa Rozner they were too distraught to discuss Tonys death, which remains under investigation by the Homicide Unit of the Hudson County Prosecutors Office.