A 20-year-old man was found crushed to death in an elevator shaft at a Bronx public housing building early Monday, authorities said.
Tito Morales, 20, somehow entered the shaft and got wedged between the wall and the elevator car between the 18th and 19th floors of the Tinton Ave. building, cops said.
He was found about 4 a.m., cops said. Morales, whose nickname was Bebo, died before emergency workers arrived, cops said.
About 30 people gathered to see the body being taken out of at the Adams Houses. Loved ones cried and hugged one another.
One woman was screaming and sobbing uncontrollably, shouting, “Mi niño! Mi niño!” Family and friends embraced and consoled her.
Evangelita Presinal, 22, grew up with Morales and said she had just visited his girlfriend, who lives in the building.
“I just came from her house. She’s devastated,” said Presinal. “He was just a humble person, stuck to himself.”
Presinal said Morales was a tattoo artist and had done a tattoo for her brother.
“That’s his favorite thing to do, tattoos,” she said.
Presinal said that she got caught three times in the elevators last year. She lives on the 20th floor.
“They’re crazy. They’re not safe,” she said.
Karina Rivera, 28, whose mother has lived at 680 Tinton for 16 years, said she feels unsafe in the elevators.
“It’s scary,” she said, “Always shaking.”
Investigators were still trying to determine how the man entered the elevator shaft. A police source said Presinal may have been elevator surfing.