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Westchester community mourning popular teen killed in stabbing attack

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Mourners came together on Sunday at a makeshift memorial in a Sleepy Hollow park for a popular teen who was fatally stabbed.

Tahj Robinson, a 17-year-old former Sleepy Hollow High School student,  was remembered for being friendly and kind.

“He was loved by everybody.  He was the nicest person and he was like the life of the party anywhere you went,” said schoolmate Suniya Warren.

The growing memorial of candles, flowers and notes, sits in Barnhardt Park, where Robinson was stabbed to death late Friday night.

The suspect, Berinzon Moronta, 16, of Tarrytown, was tracked down in Yonkers early Saturday morning, and charged with 2nd degree murder.

The two teens got into a fight reportedly over an issue involving a female relative.

Robinson had come in from New Jersey where he had been living, for homecoming weekend.   Sleepy Hollow’s homecoming game against Somers High School had to be postponed because of his death.

The sudden loss to such violence shook Natalie Salazar to the core.  She placed a bouquet of yellow roses alongside other flowers in memory of Robinson, and praised him as an inspiring rapper.

“I heard it all.  He would always go into school listening to it.  He rapped about the world,” she said as she wiped away tears.

The community is taking the death hard.  And to help students, their families and staff work through their grief, the Tarrytown School District provided counselors through the weekend and for the week ahead.

The Rev. Susan Copley, Pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown, made a point of bringing up the stabbing during the Sunday morning service.

“They’re sad.  They’re confused.  It’s so shocking.  It hasn’t happened in our village,” Rev. Copley said.