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Kin of Queens man arrested in fatal shove of landlord say death was an ‘accident'

Added 01-13-20 10:13:03pm EST - “The mother and brother-in-law of tenant Alex Garces, 22, said he didn't mean to hurt landlord Edgar Moncayo, 70, who fell down the front steps of his Corona building Sunday afternoon.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Kin of Queens man arrested in fatal shove of landlord say death was an ‘accident’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A shove down the stairs that killed an elderly Queens landlord was a tragic accident, relatives of the alleged attacker insisted Monday night.

The mother and brother-in-law of tenant Alex Garces, 22, said he didn’t mean to hurt landlord Edgar Moncayo, 70, who fell down the front steps of his Corona building Sunday afternoon.

“My son is a good son. He is not a fighter,” Garces’ mother, Delia Velastegui, 50, told the Daily News. “He is a construction worker and he helps support our family because his father has medical problems.”

Police arrested Garces on manslaughter charges after doorbell camera footage showed him shoving Moncayo down the front steps of the house on 102nd St. Moncayo, who hit his head on the sidewalk, died Monday.

“Oh my God! It was an accident!” Garces’ mother said at the family’s home a few blocks from Moncayo’s building.

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