BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – A person of interest in the fatal stabbing of a 28-year-old man at a Brooklyn gas station over the weekend has been taken into custody, police said.
The person of interest was being questioned in connection to the death of O’Shae Sibley, an NYPD official said. The person is expected to be charged, sources told PIX11 News.
Sibley was fatally stabbed at the Mobil gas station at 1921 Coney Island Ave. in Midwood around 11:15 p.m. Saturday, according to police.
Sibley was with his friends when they got into a fight with another group at the gas station, according to police and witnesses. Sibley was vogueing and dancing with his friends outside the gas station when a person told them to stop because he found it offensive.
The 17-year-old suspect allegedly made anti-LGBTQ comments before stabbing Sibley, police said. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has been investigating the attack.
Sibley was a dancer who performed in an LGBTQ dance troupe, according to his family.
Following a week filled with mourning and frustration, there was a collective sense of relief among members of the LGBTQ+ community who gathered Friday evening in Midwood to honor Sibley. Word spread quickly that a person of interest was taken into custody.
“My reaction is thank God they have someone who actually turned themselves in. That means they’re actually taking accountability, right? A lot of people are not doing that. There are so many unsolved murders,” said Shneaqua Purvis, CEO of the non-profit organization Both Sides of the Violence.
Ceyenne Doroshow was one of the organizers of a memorial voguing session Friday evening.
“We are all human. We should be allowed to live as united forces, not still living back in the 50s, 60s, 40s,” Doroshow said. “We should not die over dancing.”
A vigil and rally were also held for Sibley outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan on Thursday.
Earlier this week, Beyoncé posted a tribute to Sibley, writing “Rest in Power O’Shae Sibley.”
A GoFundMe page set up for Sibley’s family has raised more than $57,000, as of Friday.
PIX11’s Mira Wassef and Matthew Euzarraga contributed to this report.