STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) — A teenage boy was stabbed to death on a bus on Staten Island on Friday, police officials said.
The stabbing happened around 2:30 p.m. on an S78 bus near Hylan Boulevard and Littlefield Avenue, police and transit sources said.
The boy got into a confrontation with another teenager on the bus and was stabbed in the chest, according to NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell.
The boy, believed to be 13, was transported to Staten Island University Hospital, where he died, sources said.
The suspect fled the bus and was apprehended a few blocks away, police said. A 14-year-old was taken into custody, sources said.
“Tragic homicide today. We believe this motive possibly is gang-related,” said Chell, who added that gang signs were shown back and forth during the fight on the bus.
Karima Cabret, who lives nearby, told PIX11 the stabbing was a tragedy for everyone involved.
“To me, it is heartbreaking on both ends because one family loses a child and the other family also loses a child,” Cabret said. “He’s not going to be able to live a normal life of a kid anymore and even if they send him to [juvenile detention] and they let him out at 18, he’s got to live with that the rest of his life. A child lost his life because of him.”
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Matthew Euzarraga is a multimedia journalist from El Paso, Texas. He has covered local news and LGBTQIA topics in the New York City Metro area since 2021. He joined the PIX11 Digital team in 2023. You can see more of his work here.