"I'm feeling really bad. I got my broken heart so I can't explain everything what I feel."
The words to describe their loss are hard to come by for relatives of Nazario Vazquez Villegas. Police said he was one of the men beaten to death as they slept on the streets of Chinatown on Saturday.
"It's very hard for us, to be honest, because the way things happened, we were not expecting it," a family friend said Tuesday evening.
The beloved father of a large family was remembered, along with Chuen Kwok, Anthony Mason, and a still unidentified man at a vigil for the homeless.
(Community members gather in Chinatown on October 8, 2019 for a vigil for the attack on men sleeping on the street. Lori Chung and Autumn Calica/NY1.)
The men were allegedly bludgeoned to death by Randy Santos, 24, who faces four counts of murder.
"We want justice for him," said Nazario Vazquez Villegas's son, Daniel.
Villegas's relatives said the 55-year-old wasn't homeless but in the wrong place at the wrong time when the killer went on a rampage.
(The family of Nazario Vazquez Villegas, one of the men police said was beaten to death in Chinatown, speak sat a vigil for the victim in Manhattan on October 8, 2019. Lori Chung and Autumn Calica/NY1.)
Nevertheless, homeless advocates said the murders highlight the dangers of life on the streets.
"They could not afford their own place in our city, and they ended up with nowhere to go and no walls to protect them as they slept," an advocate said.
"Now is the time to create more deeply affordable and supportive housing quickly," Democratic Manhattan Councilwoman Margaret Chin said at the vigil.
Daniel said Villegas did have a home, filled with people who loved him and are now devastated by his senseless killing.
"My father was a wonderful man. He's got many friends, nice person with all people," Daniel said. "He was one of the best persons in this world."
One person who survived the attack remained hospitalized as of Tuesday evening.
Villegas's family said they hoped Santos spends the rest of his life behind bars.