A 17-year-old individual has been formally charged with murder as a hate crime, as well as criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with the tragic killing of dancer O'Shae Sibley over the past weekend.
The incident transpired on the evening of Saturday, July 29th, as recounted by The Independent. Allegedly, Sibley was assaulted while he and a group of friends paused at a Mobil gas station located in the Coney Island district of Brooklyn to refuel their vehicle. During this time, Sibley began vogueing to tracks from Beyoncé's recent album 'Renaissance'.
The situation escalated when a cluster of men approached the group and purportedly demanded an end to the vogueing. Footage captured by surveillance cameras, as acquired by the New York Post, seems to indicate that a confrontation took place around 11 PM, leading to a physical altercation between the two groups.
Tragically, Sibley suffered a fatal stab wound to his left ribcage, which resulted in damage to his heart. Joseph Kenny, an assistant chief at the NYPD's detective bureau, provided this information.
The identity of the suspect has not been disclosed, likely due to their status as a minor, though it was verified that the individual hails from Brooklyn.
In the aftermath of Sibley's untimely death, Beyoncé paid homage to him. On August 1st, she utilized her official website to share a tribute: "REST IN POWER O'SHEA SIBLEY."