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Rally held at site of brutal beating that led to Bronx man’s death

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Almost two weeks after the brutal beating of a 60-year-old Bronx man that ultimately led to his death, elected officials and community advocates came together where the attack happened with a call to action.

Police say Juan Fresnada and his partner were on Third Avenue during the early morning hours of Christmas Eve when they were punched, kicked and robbed of a single dollar.

Fresnada's injuries left him on life support for three days before he died.

Abu Conteh, 18, was taken into custody and charged with murder, manslaughter and gang assault - as police continue to search for the four other attackers. Monday's rally at the scene of the attack also served as a reminder of the resources available for those wrapped up in violence. 

Groups like Save Our Streets, Release the Grip and Bronx Connect were all on hand, alongside the city's public advocate who called on the state to support their efforts financially. This comes a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged tens of millions of dollars toward safeguarding religious schools and institutions. The Third Avenue BID also announced the creation of a “No Hate Fund” to be used for more lighting and security, and to help the families of those who are victims of bias crimes.

Police say they are not looking into Fresnada's death as a hate crime and that their investigation is ongoing.

News 12 reached out to the governor's office about the public advocate's request. A spokesperson said in part, "The public advocate once should really learn the facts before stepping on his soapbox. The governor's commitment to safe communities for our youth and to support for anti-crime initiatives are unparalleled, and to say otherwise intentionally ignores the facts in favor of ill-informed politics."

MORE: Police: Suspect arrested in connection to fatal Christmas Eve mugging in Morrisania 

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