The 17-year-old suspected of fatally stabbing O’Shae Sibley has been charged with murder as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon, New York officials said Saturday. Sibley, a 28-year-old professional dancer, was stabbed to death at a Brooklyn gas station after dancing to a Beyoncé song last weekend.
A friend of Sibley’s said the dancer was performing a style of dance called vogueing on July 29 when a group of men shouting anti-gay slurs approached Sibley and his friends, leading to a dispute, according to police.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who also spoke at the news conference, referred to the stabbing as “something that was clearly a hate crime.” “This is a city where you are free to express yourself, and that expression should never end with any form of violence,” Adams said.
Gay City News reports:
As night fell in southern Brooklyn on Aug. 4, a crowd of people equipped with pictures and Rainbow Flags swarmed the Brooklyn gas station where an out gay man, O’Shae Sibley, was stabbed to death on July 29 in an apparent act of anti-gay hate.
The crowd that poured in to pay tribute to Sibley continued to swell throughout a demonstration that lasted for well over an hour, spilling into the intersection of Coney Island Avenue and Avenue P in Midwood — a neighborhood north of Sheepshead Bay.
What seemed to be a crowd of dozens of people soon ballooned into a crowd of hundreds, eventually shutting down a busy commercial intersection during Friday rush hour. Speaker after speaker delivered impassioned, moving remarks about Sibley’s life and the injustice of his death at the age of 28.
RIP O’SHAE SIBLEY pic.twitter.com/oPq2kYnXMg
— Chi Ossé (@OsseChi) August 5, 2023
Action for O’Shae Sibley tonight. Vogue is an act of resistance pic.twitter.com/pwqnGzXhjy
— Jabari Brisport (@JabariBrisport) August 4, 2023
— Shahana Hanif 🦾 (@ShahanaFromBK) August 4, 2023
The Ballroom Scene carried in the name of O’Shae Sibley!! pic.twitter.com/YeTJ776uAO
— TENz Magazine (@TenzMagazine) August 5, 2023
“He was a person who was loved, who was cared for, who loved others with all in his heart,” one close friend said of O’Shae Sibley. https://t.co/HOlmOHU1k2
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 5, 2023
A ball is happening at the gas station where O’Shae Sibley was killed. pic.twitter.com/MuQEdtsMuk
— Sunny Ng (@_blahblahblah) August 4, 2023
“O’Shae Sibley had the audacity to live without the restraints of patriarchy and toxic masculinity, embracing freedom and joy. He should still be alive to celebrate all that made him great and inspired others to live their truth.” –@darianoutloud https://t.co/mKYT48oOO6
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) August 3, 2023