Two migrants found dead from suspected overdoses outside NYC shelter: sources
Two men believed to be asylum seekers were found dead from suspected overdoses outside a migrant shelter in Brooklyn early Thursday, police sources told the Daily News.
Cops discovered the men, whose names were not immediately released, around 5 a.m. in a car parked outside the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center where the city has been housing migrants, at 455 Jefferson St. in Bushwick, the sources said Friday.
Drug paraphernalia was found in the car, the sources added. It was not clear what type of drugs caused the suspected overdoses.
A manager working at the Bushwick site, which opened as an emergency migrant shelter in March, told police he recognized the men as asylum seekers staying at the facility, the sources said.
Their nationalities were not immediately known. The sources said they were 24 and 25 years old.
Spokespeople for Mayor Adams’ office did not immediately return requests for comment.
The deaths come as the city shelter and emergency hotel systems remain at capacity housing more than 45,000 migrants. Most of them are from Latin American countries and fled violence and poverty in hopes of claiming asylum in the U.S.
In December, as the migrant crisis began to deepen, a 26-year-old migrant committed suicide at a shelter in Queens. That came a few months after Leidy Paola Martinez Villalobos, a 32-year-old Colombian migrant, took her own life in another Queens shelter.
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