The funeral for the Tacony man shot dead on Valentine's Day allegedly by a neighbor in a dispute over dog droppings will be held tomorrow in the man's hometown of Yonkers, N.Y.
Franklin Manuel Santana, who would have turned 48 Saturday, was gunned down just after 4 p.m. Tuesday when he approached neighbor Tyrirk Harris, 27, and asked him to leash and curb his dogs, whose plentiful uncollected droppings were a well-known neighborhood nuisance. Harris was arrested on murder and gun charges; a preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 29.
Santana left behind his wife, Raquel Borges, 6-week-old daughter Roxxanne Santana and 14-year-old daughter Melissa Santana, in addition to many other relatives and friends.
His viewing and memorial service will be held 5 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Yonkers Funeral Service, 107 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10701.
Santana's relatives, meanwhile, already have packed up Borges and her baby to leave their home on Torresdale Avenue near Magee - and Philadelphia altogether. Borges said she'll stay in New York until Wednesday, when she'll move to Miami to live with Santana's sister. Santana, Borges and their baby had lived in Philadelphia just a month when he was slain. Santana, who worked in construction remodeling homes, had relocated his family here from Miami in pursuit of job opportunities.
"I have nobody left there (Philly)," Borges said tonight. "There's no reason for me to stay, and I don't want to."