MORRIS PARK, The Bronx (PIX11) -- An arrest has been made in the slaying of a 14-year-old who was stabbed to death at a birthday party in the Bronx where three other teens were also slashed, police said Tuesday.
Ken Goodwin, 18, of the Bronx, was taken into custody in connection with the fatal stabbing. He faces charges of second-degree murder, three counts of felony assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to NYPD.
Goodwin is accused of pulling out a knife Sept. 28 and stabbing four teenagers, one of them fatally, at a party in an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Barnes Avenue, near Pelham Parkway South, police said.
He allegedly stabbed Justin Fallu, 14, of the Bronx, to death, police said. Goodwin is also accused of stabbing two 18-year-old men in the chest and a 17-year-old boy in the arm, all of whom were taken to a hospital and survived the attack.
The day after Fallu was killed, police released a photo and description of their suspect, saying they were searching for a black male in his late teens or early 20s who goes by the nickname “Shaq.”
It’s not clear what sparked the fatal attack, though initial information from the scene suggested a fight inside the party escalated from the apartment to the building’s lobby then out onto the street, where it turned deadly.
Neighbors gathered at the scene shortly after Fallu was killed, remembering the victim was a kid who did not like violence.
“He was a good kid, played basketball, made everybody laugh,” 15-year-old neighbor Dimitrius Byer told PIX11 at the time. “He was the main thing in the building. He had little kids looking up to him.”