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Seven nabbed for killing of Long Island high schooler as family attends murdered teen’s funeral

2019-09-29

Seven teens have been arrested for the murder of a Long Island high-schooler fatally stabbed in front of dozens of witnesses in an after-school attack, police said Saturday.

Word of the arrests came as Khaseen Morris’ family attended a funeral service for the murdered 16-year-old, who was killed during a Sept. 16 brawl near Oceanside High School.

The seven youths arrested Friday include 19-year-old Haakim Mechan, 18-year-old Marquis Stephens, 18-year-old Javonte Neals, 17-year-old Taj Woodruff, 17-year-old Sean Merritt and two 16-year-old boys. The Long Beach teens all pleaded not guilty to second-degree gang assault at their arraignments Saturday.

Tyler Flach, 18, the teen police believe knifed Morris to death, was indicted earlier this week on a second-degree murder charge. Flach is being held without bail at a Nassau County jail.

Morris was with an ex-girlfriend of one of the other teens when a brawl broke out at a strip mall near Oceanside High, police said.

The teen was stabbed in the chest during the fight and died at a nearby hospital, authorities said.

All of the teens arrested took part in the attack, Nassau County Police Department Det. Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said.

"Each one of them had an active role," he said. "They came with the intention to seriously hurt him. Khaseen got killed as a result."

Morris was threatened on social media before the fight, but was unarmed even though he knew someone might show up to assault him after school, authorities said.

There were more than 50 teens milling about when Morris was jumped, police said. Several witnesses recorded the attack, but did nothing to step in and stop the fight.

As video of the bloodshed popped up on social media it helped cops identify those involved.

Morris’ relatives gathered at an Oceanside church Saturday to pay their final respects to the high school senior, who would have turned 17 next month.

With News Wire services