A 16-year-old boy has been stabbed to death by a group of teenagers while bystanders took out their mobile phones and recorded his final moments.
As Khaseen Morris was fighting for life on Monday (local time), outside of a shopping centre in Nassau County, New York the vision of his vicious attack was being shared across social media.
He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries, including a stab wound to the chest.
Detective Stephen Fitzpatrick from Nassau County police told KOMOV4 at a media conference on Tuesday (local time) that the attack was premeditated and sparked by an argument over who was dating a girl.
"That dispute boiled over here, where a group of six to seven males charged at the victim and his couple of friends, and during that melee, stabbed him," Detective Fitzpatrick said.
Local police estimate between 50 and 70 kids from local high schools were watching as they believe around seven males attacked Khaseen.
Detective Fitzpatrick was shocked by the amount of bystanders who filmed in the incident instead of intervening.
"Kids stood here and didn't help Khaseen. They would rather video this event. They videoed his death instead of helping him," he said.
On Wednesday police released details of an 18-year-old suspect they have charged with second-degree murder and announced they are on the trail of more of the assailants.
"We have a handful of kids that have come forward who have identified people involved in this,” Detective Fitzpatrick said.
Khaseen's sister Keyanna told WPIX the attackers "took my brother away from me and my family".
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