Peers Stand Around Recording As Teen Is Stabbed To Death

Tyler Flach has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of 16-year-old Khaseen Morris.

Oceanside, NY – Dozens of teens pulled out their cell phones to record a 16-year-old boy being stabbed to death during a fight over a girl on Monday.

Nassau County police estimated that between 50 and 70 people gathered to watch and record the deadly brawl – but not one of them tried to stop it, FOX News reported.

Some of the teens later uploaded the footage to social media, according to police.

Khaseen Morris, 16, was stabbed once in the chest during the altercation. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

“Kids stood there and didn’t help Khaseen,” Nassau County Police Detective Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said, according to FOX News. “They’d rather video. They videoed his death instead of helping him.”

Lt. Fitzpatrick said that police have viewed footage from the scene, and said that 18-year-old Tyler Flach was “absolutely” the person who fatally stabbed Morris, Newsday reported.

Flach pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree murder in First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday afternoon.

He was ordered to be held without bond.

“This defendant and his group of friends went looking for 16-year-old Khaseen Morris,” Senior Nassau Assistant District Attorney Ania Pulaski told the court, according to Newsday. “This defendant attacked Mr. Morris, stabbed him in the chest...piercing his heart.”

A group of six or seven males attacked Morris and some of his friends as they were standing in front of a strip mall near Oceanside High School, Lt. Fitzpatrick said, according to CNN.

Charges against other individuals may be forthcoming, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told Newsday.

“The time to come forward is now,” Commissioner Ryder said, according to Newsday. “We have a community that's outraged by the death of this young man. We're outraged by the death of this young man. We had people stand by and take video. There's video evidence that is out there.”

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Signas described the attack as a “horrific tragedy” for Morris’ family and the entire Oceanside community.

"We can't sit idly by as 16-year-olds expire and bleed out on our streets here in Nassau County,” Signa implored. “So please, give us the information…to ensure that justice is done for Khaseen and his family."

Flach also has two other cases pending against him for prior arrests, according to Newsday.

On May 23, he was arrested in connection with a road-rage incident, and was charged with third-degree assault.

He was apprehended again on Sept.8, and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

"Tyler strongly maintains his innocence and he took the responsible step of self-surrendering to eventually clear his name," his attorney, Edward Sapone, told Newsday. "At the appropriate time, we will release vital information about what happened that’s not captured on video and that completely changes this case. Until then, we ask the community to reserve judgment and pray for those who are suffering.”

Sapone also alleged that some of Morris’ friends may be affiliated with the Bloods street gang, and he has requested that Flach be held in protective custody as a precaution, News 12 reported.

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Justretired
Justretired

Every one of them ought to be charged for failure to render aid, everyone! Ones videoing, knowingly having a phone, should be charged especially.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Some people are so obsessed with advertising on social media every burp and giggle that happens in their day that they forget that life is a contact sport. The knew what was happening in front of them; and knowledge is consent, especially as a person was killed.

MSK
MSK

Disgusting behavior by these youths. Maybe they will be attacked one day and people will just watch and video. Gotta love the skevie defense attorney. He went to the standard scum bag defense script with his- There was more here that wasn’t shown that we look forward to presenting when we get the opportunity. Yeah right, how bout your client is a murdering punk POS.

Christine7
Christine7

Justice WILL be served! All those people who stood by and watched videotaping and doing NOTHING need to be very ashamed of themselves and I wish BAD BAD NIGHTMARES ON ALL OF THEM!! And for justice to be served to those who partivmcipated in this heinous crime!!! 😠😠😠

JBo
JBo

Sounds like Flach is aspiring to be a career criminal with his previous arrests. Hopefully this charge will remove him from the civilized world for a really long time and save the rest of the people he would have come in contact with a lot of grief.

RoLane
RoLane

I do think the right thing to do is 'jump in and help' or at least call 911. But look what happened to that poor marine not long ago, when he helped. We sadly live in a word of damned if you don't, damned if you do.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Oh my..........Parents of the murdering Tyler Flach must be so very proud of their son, raising their hands acknowledging and pointing declaring "that's my boy!". They too should be arrested for child neglect because they did such a crappy job raising him. If they have other kids, they need to be taken from them. I won't hold my breath for BLM to start marching because of the murder of this other young man........they don't do that, just when it's a cop or white who'd supposedly harmed a black person for "no cause". The black society have some that live in slime pits, scum of the earth with no respect for others. I wish we could give all them their own island(s) and let them do themselves in. What a wonderful place for them......

RetAFVet
RetAFVet

@Just-My-Thoughts WOW, that's some hatred there. If you believe in GOD, you know where that's going to send you right.

Also, just a little education, since you don't comprehend well, the murderer was white and the murdered was black...so wouldn't that be WHEN BLM marches.

And it's not always the parents fault, you realize that right. Or am I to blame your parents for your ignorant racist rant. How do I know it's an ignorant rant, this article is about a 18 yr old white guy murdering (with his friends recording) a 16 yr old black kid and from that you are putting blacks on an island LOL. Hey when you join your parents in hell, think back...LOL

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

What a thug. He's not gonna have a good time AT ALL in gen pop. I'd pay for the livestream of his first day in.

Justretired
Justretired

You a blind African then

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This is the LCD generation. No balls, no courage, but I'll film that shit and post it to the internet.

Bobnonomous
Bobnonomous

Keep in mind that I, Personally, would have jumped in in a heartbeat, no hesitation. I, a 260 pound, 6'1 fairly bulky figure with martial arts training, would have jumped in in a heartbeat.

I also don't take this article as "exclusively true" either. I'm sure there are other aspects that are not listed. Such as how many kids were actually there, or watching.

That said, if the article is correct, "A group of six or seven males attacked". Meaning any SINGULAR person trying to help Could potentially be set upon by 4-6 people, as "Morris and a group of his friends" were there. Meaning his friends could not save him from this group of attackers.

My point is this. If the people recording were part of the attackers, then yes, Abso-fucking-LUTELY they should be charged the same as the murderer, as they helped.

However, if the group were just random kids, watching a group of 6-7 people helping one of their number murder another person, its NOT just "oh, this generation loves to post shit to social media." Its entirely possible THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DIE, and feared to interfere because they thought they would be killed too

Its just a thought, but keep in mind that not everyone is a hero. Not everyone has the physical, or mental, requirements TO be one.

Of course, I'm sure more will come up later on, but with the limited information, such as amount of recordings, who's recording, and such, too limited to say.

DCKAT
DCKAT

EVERY single person that stood by and failed to help this young man should be charged with a FELONY. Those teenagers are disgusting animals and deserve to be locked up.