Jessica OrbonApr 16, 2018, 9:29 pm

Man, loved and respected in community, stabbed to death in park

Tony Bello was a former teacher and coach in Jersey City

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JERSEY CITY — Tony Bello was involved in an altercation with another man in Pershing Park on Sunday morning. The man stabbed Bello in the torso before fleeing. The 77-year-old was bleeding and unresponsive by the time police arrived to the scene, and he was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

On Monday morning, police interviewed Bello’s neighbors, trying to piece together why someone would kill a person who seemed so beloved and respected in his community. Considered the “Mayor of Pershing Park,” neighbors and friends constructed a makeshift memorial for Bello on the bench where he died. People stopped by on Monday to place flowers, candles, and a note that read, “Our loved friend, neighbor, and coach. Tony was stabbed to death here less than 100 feet from his home. Demand action to stop violence in Jersey City.”

“For it to happen right here, right across the street from his house, I feel so bad for his wife and his family. This isn’t the way he should go out. He was a good man and did so much for this community,” a neighbor said.

Police are still investigating the area. No arrests have been made.

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