Police have reportedly identified a suspect in the stabbing death of 28-year-old O’Shae Sibley, a professional dancer, who was killed Saturday night for dancing while fueling his car at a gas station in Brooklyn.
From NBC News New York:
Sibley, 28, belonged to several dance troupes in the area. He was killed in a gas station on Coney Island Avenue in Midwood following a dispute over him dancing at the pump. At one point, an attendant from the gas station tried to intervene.
Witnesses say a back and forth followed after Sibley, who worked with several troupes, started voguing in the style of many LGBTQ ballrooms. As all of this escalated, Sibley was stabbed in the chest, and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“He had a problem with them dancing, he wanted them to stop dancing, he started arguing with them. And then after a few fights and back and forth arguing, he pulled out a knife and stabbed him,” witness Sayeda Haider said.
Law enforcement sources have identified the suspect as a teen who remains at large.
The suspect reportedly told Sibley and his group that he is Muslim and their dancing offended his religious beliefs.
Authorities say the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.