Neighbors said that Stanley would usually emerge from his house every morning about the time he was killed and take his place in the center of Lehigh Avenue, where he'd sling copies of the Daily News and Inquirer to passing motorists and pedestrians.
But people didn't just come to Stanley for the papers. They came to him for conversation, said neighbor Raymond McCall.
"Once he set up, he'd have other people sitting around talking to him," said McCall, 26. "He'd just draw people to him."
Mark Block, spokesman for Interstate General Media, owners of the Daily News and Inquirer, extended condolences to Stanley's family.
"His death in our community is tragic," Block said in a statement, noting that Stanley worked for a contractor who buys newspapers for resale. "We hope the police are able to solve this unspeakable crime."
Willie Gilchrist, 69, said that he was saddened but not shocked by the slaying of his neighbor.
"He sold his newspapers and did his thing," Gilchrist said. "It's a shame, but it happens in the city, especially this one."
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