HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — Several people took pictures of a homeless man who had been dead in a Houston strip mall parking lot for up to 20 hours.

KHOU-TV reports a deputy constable found the half-naked man Tuesday morning as no one called for help.

Witnesses told Houston authorities that people were snapping cell phone pictures of the dead man’s body.

“If they just had used their cell phone to make a call instead of a picture, perhaps this man could still be alive today,” Sgt. Brian Harris told KHOU. “I would like to say our city is better than that, I know our city is better than that.”

Alice Davis, who knew the homeless man as “Big Guy,” thought he was asleep.

“He would come in and say, ‘Can I get a quarter? Can I have a cup of coffee?’ Sometimes he would ask to use the bathroom,” Davis told KHOU. “I’m thinking the man was asleep, so nobody knew he was really dead.”

Authorities believe the homeless man died from natural causes.


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