Teen stabbed to death while friends record it for social media: Attorney says victim was gang threat

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An incident out of Oceanside, New York shows just how far society has fallen.

Nassau County police say a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death, and some 70 people watched it and recorded it on their cell phones.

Not a single person stepped in to try and help, but countless witnesses uploaded the footage to social media afterwards.

Now Tyler Flach has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Khaseen Morris after police say he stabbed him in the chest.

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Tyler Flach

Morris was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

Khaseen Morris, 16, was stabbed once in the chest during the altercation. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

“Kids stood there and didn’t help Khaseen,” Nassau County Police Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said. “They’d rather video. They videoed his death instead of helping him.”

According to Lt. Fitzpatrick, police reviewed all of the footage.  According to them 18-year-old Tyler Flach was “absolutely” the person who fatally stabbed Morris.

Teen stabbed to death while friends record it for social media: Attorney says victim was gang threat

On Thursday afternoon, Flach pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in First District Court in Hempstead and was ordered to be held without bond.

“This defendant and his group of friends went looking for 16-year-old Khaseen Morris,” Senior Nassau Assistant District Attorney Ania Pulaski said to the court. “This defendant attacked Mr. Morris, stabbed him in the chest…piercing his heart.”

Lt. Fitzpatrick said it happened when a group of six or seven males attacked Morris and some of his friends as they were standing in front of a strip mall near Oceanside High School.

According to Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, there may soon be charges filed against other individuals.

 “The time to come forward is now,” Commissioner Ryder said. “We have a community that’s outraged by the death of this young man. We’re outraged by the death of this young man. We had people stand by and take video. There’s video evidence that is out there.”

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Signas weighed in on the attack.  She described it as a “horrific tragedy” for Morris’ family and the entire Oceanside community.

“We can’t sit idly by as 16-year-olds expire and bleed out on our streets here in Nassau County,” Signa implored. “So please, give us the information…to ensure that justice is done for Khaseen and his family.”

It’s not Flach’s first run-in with the law – he currently has two other cases pending against him for prior arrests.

In one of those cases, dating back to May 23, he was charged with third-degree assault after being arrested in connection with a road-rage incident.

He was arrested again on September 8thand charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

His attorney, Edward Sapone, said there’s another side to the story.

“Tyler strongly maintains his innocence and he took the responsible step of self-surrendering to eventually clear his name,” he said. “At the appropriate time, we will release vital information about what happened that’s not captured on video and that completely changes this case. Until then, we ask the community to reserve judgment and pray for those who are suffering.”

According to Sapone,  some of Morris’ friends may be affiliated with the Bloods street gang.  As a result, he’s asked that Flach be held in protective custody to prevent him from being killed.

Speaking of broadcasting tragedies on social media… earlier this month in Richfield, Minnesota, protesters took to the highway to block and shut down traffic on Sunday after a candlelight vigil was held for a man who was shot and killed by police a day prior.

Minnesota authorities have been dealing with public backlash in the area since Brian Quinones ran from police while streaming video live to Facebook on Saturday. After he bailed out of his vehicle with what appeared to be a knife in his hand, a confrontation between Quinones and local authorities broke out in gunfire.

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A group of protesters took to the highway to voice their concern over the fatal shooting. (Fox 9 Broadcast)

 

Quinones was killed… and it didn’t take the community long to protest the fatal shooting.

Video recorded at the scene shows angry residents screaming at police as officers attempted to form a line to protect the crime scene.

 

Then again the next day, following a 6 p.m. candlelight vigil at the scene of the incident, protesters marched their way up to the ramps to Interstate 494. Police say that the protesters walked their way onto the highway, blocking traffic while holding signs and flags.

One woman could even be seen pushing a stroller with a young child in it. 

Teen stabbed to death while friends record it for social media: Attorney says victim was gang threat
Protesters block traffic in Minnesota, causing significant backups. (Fox 9 Broadcast)

 

The blockage backed up a significant amount of traffic during the 30-minute protest. Authorities say that after a short time on the highway, the protesters moved their way back toward the shooting site.

 

Edina police say that the incident began when officers attempted to stop the suspect, who was later identified as Brian J. Quinones, for running through a red light.

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Brian Quinones can be seen singing along with the music while fleeing from police officers (Facebook Live Screenshot)

 

The officers began their pursuit of Quinones as he continued to run through intersections through much of the southwest metro area, eventually drawing the officers across town lines and over into Richfield. 

It wasn’t until after the chase was over that police realized their suspect had been broadcasting video of the pursuit live to Facebook. The video reportedly showed Quinones driving and looking into his rearview mirror multiple times as red and blue lights flash in the background. Amazingly, Quinones appeared to be quite calm during the pursuit. He even seems to be bobbing his head and singing along to the music on the car speakers while he flees. 

 

Richfield officers joined in the chase and eventually police were able to force the suspect’s vehicle to stop near E. 77th Street and Chicago Avenue.

Police say that once the car was no longer moving, Quinones jumped out of the vehicle. Officers say he was holding a knife in his hand. 

“Drop the knife! Drop the knife!” the officers screamed.

But Quinones continued to advance on the officers, leaving them no choice but to utilize deadly force. Officers fire at least seven rounds during the burst of gunfire. There’s a short pause, then another four shots.

“Shots fired, shots fired!” the dispatch audio picks up moments later. 

Quinones fell to the ground and was pronounced dead from his injuries. Investigators say that his phone continued to record for another 97 minutes as police worked the scene.

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Teen stabbed to death while friends record it for social media: Attorney says victim was gang threat

 

Quinones’ body was covered with a sheet while investigators worked on detailing the shooting. His white sneakers stuck out from underneath the sheet, and as onlookers were drawn to the commotion, they began to get angry.

Video recorded at the scene shows angry residents gathering just after the shooting occurred.

 

Bystanders screamed at the police for using deadly force on the knife-wielding suspect.

Quinones had apparently written, “So sorry” in a post to Facebook just before the live video was broadcasted. 

The investigation into the fatal shooting is now being conducted by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the Star Tribune confirmed. 

The departments released a joint statement on Saturday night. 

“The Edina and Richfield Police Departments express our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this tragic incident.”

No officers reported any injuries from the deadly shooting. We will not be posting a link to the graphic video, though it had still not been taken down as of the publishing of this article.

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