NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has died after being stabbed in a park in Sleepy Hollow.
The Journal News says it happened around 11 p.m. Friday.
Emergency crews found the teen suffering from a stab wound at Barnhart Park.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On Saturday night, friends of Tahj Robinson comforted each other on a candle lit spot at Barnhart Park.
As TV 10/55’s Dave Carlin reported, police said Robinson knew the person who stabbed him.
Berinzon Moronta, 16, of Tarrytown has been arraigned on charges of second-degree murder. He was being held without bail.
Robinson and Moronta were classmates at Sleepy Hollow high where neither is currently enrolled.
Troy Tallman, who knew them both, said he finds it surprising that Moronta is a murder suspect.
“He seemed like a good kid too, you know he was artistic also, so I don’t know what happened between them,” Tallman said.
Sleepy Hollow police did not say what led up to the stabbing or how many, if any witnesses were there.
“This was just a senseless act that we need to heal from as a community,” Police Chief Gregory Camp said.
Tahj’s mother was embraced her son’s friends on Saturday night.
“That should never have happened,” she said.
The Tarrytown School District said Saturday’s homecoming football game has been postponed because of the stabbing.
“We’ve postponed homecoming. We weren’t ready to play that game as a community,” Superintendent Daniel McCann said.
His friends were reeling from the loss of a friend who loved playing basketball, writing, and performing music.
“This boy who lost his life was well liked, and again our prayers are with the family,” McCann said.
Grief counselors will be at Sleepy Hollow High School on Sunday and Monday.
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