Loved ones of a Brooklyn man who was fatally stabbed after arguing with his childhood friend were still trying to understand the suspect’s motive Monday.
Kahmari Rabsatt, 20, was charged with stabbing his neighbor Felix Pujols in the stomach at around 2:20 a.m. Sunday in front of 83 Bainbridge St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, police said.
Pujols, 22, was taken to Interfaith Hospital where he died. Rabsatt was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
“I don’t really know what compelled him to go this far,” Pujols’ best friend, Sylvia Curry, said of Rabsatt. “He took my friend. He took him from his family. It’s just hard.”
Curry, 21, said the men were childhood friends who have since gone their separate ways.
“They grew up together here on this block so it’s pretty easy for them to come into each other’s path, block parties, things like that,” she said. “People grow up and may not see each other as often.”
She remembered Pujols as a hardworking and loyal friend with a great sense of humor.
“He was caring. He always made sure everyone around him was good. He was funny. He could make anybody laugh, he could make anybody crack a smile,” Curry said. “No matter what, he would never leave you if he was friends with you…He was always going to be there for you.”
Family members showed up to mourn Pujols at a memorial set up for him on Bainbridge St. steps away from where was killed. Dozens of candles in glasses were placed on the sidewalk, spelling out “Felix.”
“He was the best,” Pujols’ grieving uncle said. “He was the best.”
Witnesses told cops they saw Rabsatt “repeatedly punch and stomp” Pujols before striking him in the torso, according to a criminal complaint.