Tributes pour in for professional dancer killed at Brooklyn gas station

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Tributes pour in from Beyonce & more for dancer killed in Brooklyn
Tributes are pouring in for O'Shae Sibley, a gay professional dancer whose gas station stabbing death is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Derick Waller has more.

MIDWOOD, Brooklyn (WABC) -- New York City police detectives are looking to talk to a 17-year-old in connection with Saturday night's fatal stabbing of O'Shae Sibley at a gas station in Brooklyn.

The investigation continues as tributes pour in for Sibley, an openly gay professional dancer whose death is now being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Spike Lee posted a tribute on Instagram for Sibley to "Rest in Power," which is the same message posted on Beyoncé's website after it was revealed Sibley and his friends were listening to her music and dancing while they were pumping gas over the weekend.

"Got out the car, dancing a bit, once again, they both Vogue and were probably Voguing and just probably presenting very feminine," said Sibley's friend of 13 years, Kemar Jewel.

Surveillance video shows Sibley was confronted by a group apparently yelling homophobic slurs.

After first de-escalating the situation, words were exchanged once again and officials say the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed Sibley.

That 17-year-old suspect has not been caught by police.

"We will find the person responsible," Mayor Eric Adams vowed this week.

On Wednesday there was a growing tribute at Club Cumming in the East Village, which is a gay bar named for actor Alan Cuming.

The talented dancer is being remembered by his friends.

"O'Shae was the type of person you could never be sad around," Jewel said. "O'Shae is funny. He's goofy. He goes out of the way to make you smile, to go above and beyond just to make people happy."

Police have identified the 17-year-old suspect and want to question him. They say he does have a criminal history but the records are sealed because he is a minor.

So far no arrests have been made.

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