NBC News reported on Friday that a suspect had been arrested in relation to the fatal stabbing last weekend of a gay man, 28 years old, at a Brooklyn gas station, New York.
Sources said that the suspect surrendered himself at a Brooklyn police station.
O’Shae Sibley was stabbed to death on Saturday night in a case that authorities are investigating.
Inna Vernikov of New York City, whose district contains the gas station in which Sibley’s stabbing occurred, confirmed this update via social media on Friday.
She wrote, “The suspect who was responsible for the fatal stabbing O’Shae sibley last Saturday in my district has just surrendered to @NYPD61Pct & he is now in custody,” on X (formerly Twitter). “Wishing peace to the family during this difficult period & wishing swift justice and serious consequences for perpetrator.”
In an earlier statement, the New York City Police Department’s hate crime task force investigated Sibley’s death.
NBC New York had previously reported that police were looking for a 17-year old suspect in connection with the fatal stabbing. The police were looking for a 17-year old suspect. It’s unclear if that is the one arrested.
NYPD didn’t immediately respond to our request for comment.
Witnesses said that Sibley had been dancing to Beyonce’s “Renaissance” album while playing the music. A group of men approached him and told him to stop. Witnesses said that Sibley tried to deescalate the situation, before being stabbed.
Sayeda Haider, a witness, said that one of the men had asked Sibley not to dance. After “a few fights, back and forth arguing and a few fights, he took out a blade and stabbed [him]”, according to NBC New York .
Otis Pena shared on Facebook a Video on the fatal incident. Pena is a friend who claims to have witnessed the stabbing.
Pena, in the video, said that “they murdered him because they were gay and because he stood for his friends.” Pena described Sibley, “the salt to pepper,” as having been “the salt of my pepper.” “His name is O’Shae and you killed him.” “You all killed him in front of me.”
Sibley’s stabbing coincides a spike in anti-LGBTQ protests across the country within the past year.
According to a new report from the Crowd Counting Consortium (a research group which tracks the size and number of political protests), there have been 39 anti-LGBTQ demonstrations in the United States on average each month since June 2022. The group only recorded three protests a month between January 2017 and May 2022.
According to the Williams Institute at UCLA Law, these demonstrations made headlines because they took place in New York City which is home to the nation’s largest LGBTQ population.
At least three times during June, the LGBTQ Pride Month, dozens of Pride flags have been damaged or ripped down. The Stonewall National Monument is the site of an uprising in 1969 that is considered a pivotal moment in the modern gay rights movement.