A father of two was fatally stabbed outside a Queens homeless shelter while walking home from work, relatives and police said.
Bodega employee Jose De La Cruz, 54. was minutes away from home when a suspect knifed him several times in the chest outside the Garden Inn and Suites, a hotel-turned-shelter, in Jamaica about 10:15 p.m. Friday.
Medics rushed De La Cruz to Jamaica Hospital, but he could not be saved.
Stunned relatives were struggling to understand Saturday how the Dominican-born man could’ve met such a tragic fate so close to home.
“He was very friendly, loved by the community. He was always smiling," his cousin, Milton Cruz, 41, said.
Witnesses told police that De La Cruz was arguing with another man before he was attacked outside the Baisley Boulevard shelter near 134th Ave.
The Garden Inn and Suites provides rooms to the city’s Department of Homeless Services to house homeless men, authorities said.