Yonkers man remembered at vigil as family files wrongful death suit

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Dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil in Hartsdale Thursday evening to remember Jonathon Maldonado.

News 12 reported that police used a Taser to subdue Maldonado, 21, at Webb Park after he was accused of stealing a cellphone at the Best Buy in Hartsdale. Moments later, Maldonado went into cardiac arrest. He died at the hospital.

Police say they were told by eyewitnesses that Maldonado was seen ingesting packets of a substance before the altercation, but family members deny the claims.

A medical examiner ruled that his death was due to a toxic mix of fentanyl and heroin.

His family filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Town of Greenburgh alleging excessive force caused Maldonado's death.

Maldonado was a teacher's aide in Yonkers before his death. Teachers say he was organized and well-liked by students.

Greenburgh officials say a report from the state on this case will be released soon.

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