New York teen dies in Brooklyn stabbing NYPD suspects was gang-related; latest wave of violence involving the city’s youth

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A teen died Saturday from an injury sustained when he was jumped and stabbed by a group of Brooklyn teens, police said.

The murder was the latest in a rash of violence in the city involving young people, including a shooting Thursday night that left a 15-year-old boy from the Bronx dead.

Five teenage boys who were chasing 17-year-old Nyheem Wright around 3:20 p.m. overtook him Friday in a Rite Aid parking lot on Mermaid Ave. near W. 30th St. on Coney Island.

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There, they beat him up and fatally stabbed him, police said.

When the police arrived, they found Nyheem stabbed once in the torso.

He was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries Saturday afternoon, police said.

The attack took place in a parking lot in a shopping district, across Mermaid Ave. from primary school PS 329 The Surfside School, where the students had been let out about half an hour earlier.

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According to a police source, the attack was gang-related, according to police. There were no arrests on Saturday and the investigation continued.

Nyheem was a student at K728 Liberation Diploma Plus high school, about a mile from the crime scene, according to the NYC School Safety Coalition.

Police officials have blamed youth violence on gangs and harassment on social media.

Crime on Coney Island has risen in the first weeks of 2023, police data shows.

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As of Jan. 15, police in the 60th Precinct, which covers the neighborhood, counted 26 crimes, 160% more than the 10 crimes reported during the same period of 2022. Burglaries and grand thefts are also on the rise.

But as of January 15, no shootings had been reported at the police station.

With Cayla Bamberger

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