Teens recorded, shared videos of mall fight that ended in fatal stabbing

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An 18-year-old boy has been charged in the murder of 16-year-old Khasseen Morris, who died in a mall fight that was filmed and shared online by other teenagers.

Tyler Flach was charged with second-degree murder and arraigned on Thursday, according to the Nassau County Police Department. Morris was stabbed in a teen brawl outside a mall in Long Island on Monday. 

Another boy, a 17-year-old, was also injured in the brawl and sustained a broken arm. The two victims were taken to a local hospital, where Morris later died.

About 50 teenagers, some of whom were involved in the fight, stood by and watched the incident. Some of them recorded it and posted videos on social media, NPR reported. 

The video is still viewable on YouTube channels including The Parody Reality, where the video has more than 50,000 views. 

The brawl between Flach and Morris was the culmination of a “dispute going on over a young lady,” Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said in a press conference on Tuesday. He said a group of six to seven males went after Morris in a predetermined fight between him and Flach, who were arguing over a girl. 

He added that Morris came to the mall expecting a “fistfight” and that other teens intended to watch.

“You probably saw in the video kids stood here and didn’t help Khasseen, they would rather video this event,” Fitzpatrick said. He confirmed that videos were uploaded to Snapchat and other social media platforms.

On social media, people mourned Morris and called for justice, sparking the hashtag #JusticeforKha.

A GoFundMe set up to help his family has raised about $8,900 of its intended $10,000. 

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Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque