A 60-year-old man collapsed in the plaza on the eastern side of the 24th Street BART station this morning.
He was dead by the time paramedics appeared on the scene. Elvis Mazariegos, the nephew of the deceased, was there by the time reporters arrived. The man’s name was Erbin Mazariegos, his nephew said. He worked in construction.
“He was like a father to me,” a visibly shaken Elvis Mazariegos said. He and his uncle shared a home on 24th Street. He didn’t know if his uncle suffered any heart problems, but he did have diabetes.
Family members are not sure why he was at the BART plaza.
“We are distraught,” said Erbin Mazariegos’ brother-in-law, Carlos Diaz. “It was completely unexpected.”
Elvis Mazariegos said the family would have to figure out how to collect the money to send his uncle’s body back to Guatemala, since that is the custom when immigrants die abroad.