A 14-year-old Bronx boy is dead and three others injured after a stabbing that took place about 3 a.m. today at a house party that turned violent. The boy was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital with stab wounds to the chest. Three other boys were also injured, including a 17-year-old who was stabbed in the shoulder and two 18-year-olds who were also stabbed in the chest.
Residents of the apartment building said the teens had been partying all day and smoking pot in the stairwells of the building. Around 2 a.m. the police were called because of the noise. Police told the teens to turn down the music and left, but 20 minutes later it was loud again, and then burst from the first floor apartment into the lobby, where shouting began. One woman, who lives on the fourth floor, said she heard them screaming at each other in the lobby. She heard one boy say “Yeah? Well go ahead and do it.” The attack occurred near Pelham Parkway, at 2194 Barnes Avenue, near the Bronx Zoo. It is still unclear what sparked the incident.
Apartment residents called 911 and police arrived at about 3:15. Paramedics followed a trail of blood that led from the apartment lobby around the corner, where they found the teens. One of the teens had a tattoo reading “Never Fear Death” just above his stab wound.
The incident is the second stabbing death of a Bronx 14-year-old this year. Fourteen-year-old Noel Estevez was charged an adult with manslaughter and second-degree murder for stabbing and killing 14-year-old Timothy Crump outside a middle school in June. The defense attorney said Estevez acted in self-defense after being bullied mercilessly by Crump and other boys. Estevez’s charges were reduced to second-degree manslaughter by the grand jury. However, special investigators found no evidence of bullying at school.
Another stabbing in the Bronx occurred in September, when 26-year-old Jeanpaul Rodriguez allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend Tynasha Robinson on the eve of her 22nd birthday. Rodriguez had been arrested three times before this event occurred. Yet another stabbing took the life of 57-year-old Cynthia Migliozzi in September, allegedly killed by her husband, 56-year-old Martin Migliozzi, with a pair of scissors.
However, after decades of trying to remake its image as a high crime area, crime rates in the Bronx are dropping. From 1993 to 2010 the rate declined by 71 percent, including a 75 percent reduction in the murder rate. Although it still contains some of the poorest neighborhoods in America, with some neighborhoods maintaining the highest crime rates, there are also areas of prosperity that rank very highly. The turnaround is credited to the return of developers to areas once decimated by arson, increased police crackdowns and government subsidies.
The older boys in the current stabbing are listed in stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Identities of all four teens are being are being withheld due to their ages and pending notification of the family of the 14-year-old deceased boy. No arrests have been made as yet. Police are still looking for the attacker.
By Beth A. Balen