What New York City police are calling one of the most shocking homicides in recent memory has launched a debate about homeless shelter security.

Ana Charle was forced to strip and sexually assaulted before being shot dead Monday after she left work at a Bronx shelter for men that she ran. A former shelter resident charged in her murder is due back in court Friday.

Since the slaying, politicians have called on the city to close the shelter. But homeless advocates say the slaying points to the need for more funding for permanent housing that provides mental health and other services for the homeless so they can lead normal lives.

The city has kept the 108-bed facility open after adding extra security.