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Published on Apr 8, 2010
Society never ceases to amaze and disappoint me, heres the official report about this reprehensible incident; The killing of a disabled homeless man last week has street people along a stretch of Kingsway in East Vancouver worried they could be next. Michael Nestoruk, 41, whose body was found on the grounds of Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School by parents dropping their children off last Thursday morning, would often ask passersby in the area for spare change. Homeless people in the neighbourhood were shocked when they learned of the slaying of Nestoruk, Vancouver's13th homicide of the year. A panhandler, who identified himself only as Kevin, said Nestoruk was able to look after himself despite having to rely on the wheelchair. "He was pretty healthy, pretty fit," he said. Once the crime scene tape went up, Kevin said, he asked police whether Nestoruk was the victim "because I'd seen him and knew he'd been around earlier." "He was fine," Kevin said. "He'd been up for a while — could have used some sleep — but other than that ..." "He was a nice guy," added another homeless man named John who, like so many who live on the streets, wonders whether someone is out to get the homeless. "Sure it [Nestoruk's killing] worries me," added another homeless man named Rick, "but that's all I'm going to say." Police said they don't know whether Nestoruk's slaying was random or targeted. Investigators "are having a hard time trying to figure out what events led to his death," Vancouver police Const. Lindsay Houghton said. Nestoruk's pants and a running shoe were found close to his body but police said it didn't appear that he had been robbed. "He was a homeless man, he had one leg and was confined to a wheelchair," Houghton said. "For someone to do this to him, it is tragic." Another homeless man, John, wondered, "What's wrong with people today. A man's at his weakest point of his life and they take the last thing he's got — his life."