Carlos Castro, 65, was found bludgeoned and castrated on Jan....

Carlos Castro, 65, was found bludgeoned and castrated on Jan. 7 at the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel. (Aug. 27, 2010) Credit: AP

NEW YORK — Friends and family members of a slain Portuguese journalist have scattered his ashes down a Times Square subway grate.

A funeral was held in Newark, N.J. Saturday for 65-year-old Carlos Castro.

Afterward, his two sisters and a friend brought Castro's ashes to Times Square and poured them down a subway grate. They said they were carrying out Castro's wishes.

Authorities say Castro was castrated and killed in a Manhattan hotel room on Jan. 7.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Renato Seabra has confessed to the slaying. Seabra is in custody at Bellevue Hospital.

Friends in New York said Castro and Seabra were a couple. But Seabra's mother told Portugal's TVIndependente television network that her son "was not Carlos Castro's lover."

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