Rally for safer community held at spot of slain Longwood man’s stabbing

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A rally for a safer community was held Thursday evening at the site of where Frankie Williams was fatally stabbed last month in Longwood.

Community members and loved ones gathered at Robinson Deli and Grocery on Longwood Avenue where police say 26-year-old Ronny Torres, the son of the bodega owner, stabbed Williams.

Police say an argument started when Williams, 37, was accused of stealing a beer inside the bodega. Friends say he didn't steal the beer and claim he was a frequent shopper.

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Torres was charged with second-degree murder. Williams’ supporters want that charge to be upgraded.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who is running for a congressional seat in the Bronx, says the community's lack of resources has contributed to crime.

Loved ones say Williams, a father and music artist, was beloved in the Garifuna community — immigrating from Honduras as a child.

Torres is due back in court on Nov. 13.

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