Surveillance video shows fight that ended in deadly stabbing at Brooklyn gas station

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Monday, July 31, 2023
Fatal fight at gas station investigated by NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force
Officials have released surveillance video showing the fight that ended with a deadly stabbing at a Brooklyn gas station. Morgan Norwood has more.

MIDWOOD, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Officials have released surveillance video showing the fight that ended with a deadly stabbing at a Brooklyn gas station.

It all began Saturday night around 11:15 at a Mobil gas station on Coney Island Avenue.

Video shows O'Shae Sibley and his friends at the pump, having fun and horsing around. That is when a customer in red shorts held the door, stepped outside, and exchanged words with the group.

Witnesses say that 17-year-old works at a smoke shop right around the corner. Sibley, wearing light-colored shorts with no shirt approached the man in the red shorts. The two began talking, and within seconds, the victim's friends joined in.

A witness then tried to intervene.

"'First of all, don't fight in the store, just leave,' I told both of them. They weren't listening," the witness said.

After a few minutes, cooler heads appear to prevail, leaving only the victim and suspect, who had his cell phone out, face-to-face.

Sibley walked away, and just as he was about to get in the car with his friends, things suddenly went south again with the two groups clashing.

The suspect and Sibley headed toward the sidewalk, where there was a scuffle. The suspect then stabbed the Sibley, who died. He was just 28 years old.

The suspect took off. Witnesses say he is someone who has caused trouble at the gas station before, comes in to use the bathroom and has an attitude with the workers.

Police are investigating this as a potential bias crime due to the victim's sexual orientation.

Sibley's next-door neighbor, Beckenbaur Hamilton, said there is no doubt in his mind it was a hate crime. He said Sibley was proud of who he was as an openly gay professional dancer.

Hamilton is also gay.

"You have to be careful how you present yourself, they don't live here in the neighborhood we live in, it's a very homophobic neighborhood," he said.

Ailey Extension released the following statement:

"The Ailey organization mourns the tragic death of O'Shae Sibley, who was a cherished and devoted participant in our Ailey Extension program of dance classes. O'Shae had incredible energy in the studio and was loved by instructors and fellow students. He recently shone during a special demonstration of West African dance at The Ailey Spirit Gala. We are shocked and heartbroken that O'Shae's life has been taken by senseless violence, and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."

The investigation into the stabbing is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

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