DAILYKENN.com -- A 62-year-old former teacher was nearly beheaded in a homeless shelter this week.
Deven Black was found stabbed to death in bed Thursday morning. Police suspect his roommate, 21-year-old Anthony White, murdered him.
A former public school teacher has been stabbed to death in a homeless shelter in Harlem, New York, reports claim.
Deven Black, 62, was lying in bed at 11.50pm on Wednesday when his roommate Anthony White, 21, allegedly slashed his throat and nearly severed his head, according to the New York Daily News.
His body was found in Boulevard, a private shelter, the next morning.
Police have launched a city-wide manhunt for White, the NYPD said in a press release.
Black, who won an Academy Of Education award for his work as a librarian in the Bronx in 2013, was made a substitute teacher in 2014.
Last year, he was charged with theft which led to him being suspended without pay. It is not clear when he vacated his residence in Nyack, New York, and when he first took shelter in East Harlem.
Mayor Bill de Blasio branded the slashing 'deeply disturbing'.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said in a statement: 'This individual had this throat lacerated and then apparently bled out because of that. One of the security officers opened the door, saw him laying on the floor, and that's when Mr. White ran out.'
The slaying came after days of White threatening to harm or kill people in the shelter, the New York Times reported.
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