A Muslim teen has been charged with murder as a hate crime in the fatal stabbing of a black, gay man in New York City last week — and Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference about the arrest that it’s “not true” that the Muslims “hate” the LGBTQ community.
What are the details?
The 17-year-old suspect — whose not being identified because of his age — was charged with murder and murder as a hate crime over in connection with the fatal stabbing of O’Shae Sibley at a Mobil Station in Coney Island on July 29, the New York Post reported.
Police said the teen suspect, who is Muslim, made homophobic and racist comments to Sibley, who was 28 and a professional dancer, WCBS-TV reported. The Post said Sibley was “voguing” — a type of dance consisting of “a series of stylized poses struck in imitation of fashion models.”
At a news conference Saturday about the arrest, Adams said “the issue itself made an attempt to give the impression that it came from hate from the Muslim community towards the LGBTQ+ community — that was in fact not true.”
The mayor added: “These are both important communities in the City of New York. They contribute to the community. Both communities I have worked with on so many occasions, and both are against any level of hate, and both communities have been victimized by Islamophobia, anti-gay and other forms of hates [sic].”
Adams also said, “Our message today, to both the Muslim community and the LGBT+ community, as well as all others. This is a city where you are free to express yourself and that expression should never end with any form of violence.”
Muslim activist Sonia Ali also spoke at the news conference and said she and other Muslim activists were there with Adams to help others understand “this is not something that Islam teaches,” the Post noted.
“You don’t take a life, because there’s no reason for you to be doing something like that,” Ali said, according to the paper. “This is a free country, you shouldn’t be going and taking [a life]; it’s tragic.”
Suspect charged in O’Shae Sibley deathyoutu.be
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