Homicide

Shelter director's brutal slaying fuels debate on homeless population and safety of workers

  • A small memorial with a picture of Ana Charle is displayed in front of the Bronx Boulevard Men's Shelter in the Bronx, New York, Friday, May 1, 2015.   Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at the homeless shelter for men.  Investigators say her killer was an ex-con and former shelter resident who forced her to strip and sexually assaulted her early Monday evening, then gunned her down on the sidewalk as she tried to flee with her clothes still off. The suspect is due back in court Friday on murder charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A small memorial with a picture of Ana Charle is displayed in front of the Bronx Boulevard Men's Shelter in the Bronx, New York, Friday, May 1, 2015. Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at the homeless shelter for men. Investigators say her killer was an ex-con and former shelter resident who forced her to strip and sexually assaulted her early Monday evening, then gunned her down on the sidewalk as she tried to flee with her clothes still off. The suspect is due back in court Friday on murder charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man enters the Bronx Boulevard Men's Shelter in the Bronx, New York, Friday, May 1, 2015.  Ana Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at the homeless shelter for men.  Investigators say her killer was an ex-con and former shelter resident who forced her to strip and sexually assaulted her early Monday evening, then gunned her down on the sidewalk as she tried to flee with her clothes still off. The suspect is due back in court Friday on murder charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A man enters the Bronx Boulevard Men's Shelter in the Bronx, New York, Friday, May 1, 2015. Ana Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at the homeless shelter for men. Investigators say her killer was an ex-con and former shelter resident who forced her to strip and sexually assaulted her early Monday evening, then gunned her down on the sidewalk as she tried to flee with her clothes still off. The suspect is due back in court Friday on murder charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man walks in front of the Bronx Boulevard Men's Shelter in the Bronx, New York, Friday, May 1, 2015.  Ana Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at the homeless shelter for men.  Investigators say her killer was an ex-con and former shelter resident who forced her to strip and sexually assaulted her early Monday evening, then gunned her down on the sidewalk as she tried to flee with her clothes still off. The suspect is due back in court Friday on murder charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    A man walks in front of the Bronx Boulevard Men's Shelter in the Bronx, New York, Friday, May 1, 2015. Ana Charle was killed after leaving her job for the day as director at the homeless shelter for men. Investigators say her killer was an ex-con and former shelter resident who forced her to strip and sexually assaulted her early Monday evening, then gunned her down on the sidewalk as she tried to flee with her clothes still off. The suspect is due back in court Friday on murder charges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

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.