- The Long Island teenager who died Monday after a brawl was a “sweet” and caring boy who “would always help someone in need,” his friends and family members said.
- Khaseen Morris, 16, died Monday of a stab wound after a fight outside a strip mall. Police said dozens of teenagers watched and recorded on their phones as Khaseen bled out.
- One of Khaseen’s friends told Insider he was most perturbed by the videos that showed very few teenagers rushing to help him. “It was like 20ish kids standing [in front] watching,” he said.
- Authorities have arrested the suspect in Khaseen’s stabbing and have charged him with second-degree murder.
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Friends and loved ones of the Long Island teenager who died Monday of a stabbing say the young man they lost would never have stood by, recording on his phone, while someone else suffered.
Khaseen Morris, 16, died Monday in hospital after a massive brawl outside a strip mall in Oceanside, New York. Authorities said some “50, 60, 70 kids” saw the fight go down, but most refrained from helping.
“They videoed his death instead of helping him,” Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department told reporters at a press conference Tuesday, adding: “This can’t go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That’s egregious.”
The people who knew Khaseen said he never would have demonstrated such callous treatment towards others, and that they were shocked by the social-media videos showing dozens of teenagers recording the brawl.
“It was like 20ish kids standing [in front] watching,” one of Khaseen’s acquaintances, Anthony Yepez, told Insider. “Which is what bothers me the most.”
He continued: “Khaseen would always help someone in need… And only a few people who knew him jumped in to help.”
Long Island authorities have arrested one suspect and charged him with second-degree murder
Yepez said he wasn’t particularly close with Khaseen but that the two were friendly and had similar interests.
“He always seemed like a great kid,” Yepez said.
Police said they believed the brawl had started over a girl who had asked Khaseen to walk her home one day. Yepez and Khaseen’s family members said they suspect the girl was trying to make her ex-boyfriend jealous – and it worked.
Khaseen’s older sister, Kedeemah Morris, told The New York Times her brother was a “sweet” and free-spirited boy.
“Him being so nice, that one good deed that he did got him killed,” Kedeemah told The Times.
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One small piece of good news, Yepez told Insider on Wednesday, was that the main suspect in Khaseen’s stabbing is finally in custody.
Nassau County authorities arrested 18-year-old Tyler Flach on Wednesday and charged him with second-degree murder. Flach’s lawyer told Newsday that his client turned himself in to police “to eventually clear his name” and “strongly maintains his innocence.”
On Thursday, authorities again urged teenagers or other witnesses to come forward if they have information or videos regarding the brawl and condemned those bystanders who failed to help Khaseen.
“We can’t sit idly by as 16-year-olds expire and bleed out on our streets here in Nassau County,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas told reporters at a press conference.
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