18-year-old, Tyler Flach has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Khaseen Morris.
The incident occurred during a fight at a strip mall near Oceanside Highshool in Nassau County, New York on Monday.
Bystanders recorded and streamed the fight on their cell phones,
Flach, who plead not guilty on Thursday, was taken into custody and is due back in court on Monday. His attorney, Edward Sapone, said there is more to the store than what is depicted in the videos and Flach maintains his innocence.
According to Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, as many as 60-70 teenagers watched the assault and stabbing. Many used their cell phones to record and share the fight on social media but no one stepped in to help Khaseen, who was stabbed in the chest and died from his wounds after being taken to the hospital.
At a news conference on Tuesday, before any arrests had been made, Fitzpatrick said it was a “prearranged” fight over a “girl and a perception of who she might be dating or who she might be hanging with at this time.”
“That dispute boiled over here, where a group of six to seven males charged at the victim and his couple of friends, and during that melee, stabbed him,” Fitzpatrick said, standing in front of the strip mall where the fight took place.
He said several of those in the crowd have come forward with information.
Memorial services for Morris will be held on September 28, according to his sister.
A GoFundMe account has been set to assist the family with funeral expenses.