NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are now investigating the deadly stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in Jamaica, Queens.
CBS2 has learned she’s connected to the family of Aamir Griffin, the 14-year-old killed in a stray bullet shooting last month.
Family and friends gathered at the home of Talasia Cuffie, but were too upset to speak about the teenager’s death. Neighbors tell CBS2’s Matt Kozar she was loving, smart, and dreamed of becoming a surgeon.
According to police, Cuffie was stabbed late Friday night in South Jamaica on 166th Street. She later died at an area hospital.
Candles and flowers mark the spot on the sidewalk where she fell to the ground.
Annaline Merwe lives two houses down and was in her home at the time of the attack, but says she heard nothing.
“Crazy! We didn’t expect anything like that to happen. My kids are outside all of the time. They play around, I’ve got little kids over here,” Merwe said.
A friend who did not want to be identified stopped by the makeshift memorial Sunday morning to pay her respects.
“She was a good person overall to everybody. If you didn’t know her, if you were getting to know her, she loved. That’s one thing I can say about her. Talasia loved and she loved hard,” she told CBS2’s Marc Liverman. “She meant everything to me. She was a dope person. A nice, very warm-hearted, sweet-hearted young lady. She’d give the shirt off her back to anybody. To be so young, like… She didn’t deserve this at all.”
According to her brother, Cuffie was related to Aamir Griffin, who was shot and killed last month while playing basketball at the Baisley Park Houses in Jamaica.
Police say he was the unintended target of a random shooting.
Police have not made any arrests in Friday’s stabbing and will only say that the investigation is ongoing.