Report of Killing in Beacon

Few details about alleged homicide

A man was stabbed to death in an afternoon attack on Christmas Day in Beacon at the corner of Main Street and South Brett, according to a news report, although the Beacon Police Department would only confirm there had been a stabbing.

“The City of Beacon Police Detective Division is actively investigating a stabbing that occurred on Christmas Day,” the department posted on its Facebook page on Thursday (Dec. 30). “Anyone with information is asked to contact 845-838-5061 or email [email protected] At this time, it appears to be an isolated incident, and there is no danger to the residents of Beacon.”

Rene Vivo

Rene Vivo

Citing “multiple sources,” The Mid-Hudson News reported on Wednesday (Dec. 29) that “a well-known Vietnam veteran known as ‘Scout’ ” had been fatally stabbed at about 3:40 p.m. It said Mayor Lee Kyriacou had confirmed the death; Kyriacou did not respond to an inquiry from The Current.

On Thursday, the Libby Funeral Home in Beacon posted a notice of the death on Dec. 25 of Rene “Scout” Vivo, 65. Property records give his address as 55 Forrestal Heights.

In addition, Selaine Garcia, who identified Vivo as an uncle, established a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for funeral expenses. Garcia wrote that Vivo had been killed on Dec. 25 and was a Marine veteran “who was beloved in the Beacon community and embraced our Taino culture. He was a quite gentle man. My family and I loved him dearly. We are devastated at the thought of how he may have spent his final moments.”

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