Family Mourns Teen Fatally Stabbed In Oceanside Brawl

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm
Khaseem Morris

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OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A large brawl between teenagers outside of a pizza shop on Long Island turned deadly Monday afternoon.

The fight erupted on Brower Avenue in Oceanside around 4 p.m. outside Mario's Pizza, a popular hangout spot for students from nearby Oceanside High School.

Khaseem Morris, 16, was stabbed in the chest and later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

On Tuesday morning, Morris’ sister spoke to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall about the loss her family is experiencing, saying they are heartbroken.

“I don’t know how we’re going to go on without him,” she said. “He was out light in the house.”

She says her family had just moved to Oceanside and this was the 16-year-old’s first year at Oceanside High School.

“He had just told our mom that this is the happiest he’s ever been and he was so glad that we moved here,” his sister said.

The lead investigation says the killing centered on a teen girl at the school. The victim’s sister tells Hall that Morris brought the girl to their house over the weekend and immediately began receiving threatening text messages on his phone.

An unidentified 18-year-old involved in the altercation suffered a broken arm and swelling to the head.

Morris and the unidentified teen were allegedly attacked by a group of males seen getting out of a car, according to Nassau County Detective Stephen Fitzpatrick.

"Now these kids are from another area and they came here with a vendetta, whatever the motive was, they knew where to find them," said Fitzpatrick. "It might have been over a female, it might have been over a school rivalry, but we're leaning towards the first part of that."

The brawl was caught on cell phone video, which police have reviewed.

They are now interviewing people seen in the footage.

Visitors to a bagel shop in the strip mall where the pizzeria is located called it a senseless tragedy.

"Over a girl... and it's sickening and nauseating," one man said.

"So sad, I'm heartbroken," one woman said.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.