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Police Identify Mount Vernon Hanging Victim, Ruled Suicide

A Mount Vernon man hanged himself from a fourth story window at 150 S. Fifth Ave. sometime early Thursday morning.
A Mount Vernon man hanged himself from a fourth story window at 150 S. Fifth Ave. sometime early Thursday morning. Photo Credit: Google Maps

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mount Vernon residents traveling down Fifth Avenue encountered a harrowing sight, a dead man hanging outside of an apartment building.

Police confirmed that Azariah Kerr, 74, of Mount Vernon was recovered from the South Fifth Avenue senior housing facility shortly after 7 a.m. on Thursday. It appears he leaped from a fourth story window with a nylon rope around his neck.

Kerr’s death was ruled a suicide.

“Nothing is that bad that you need to take your own life,” Mount Vernon resident James Hunter said outside of Macedonia Towers after the body was recovered. “It’s a very public thing to do. It’s unsettling.”

According to reports , Kerr, a popular figure in his neighborhood, was having financial problems.

Keep following the Daily Voice for more information about Thursday morning’s Mount Vernon suicide as it becomes available.

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