Report: NYC Teen Dies in Chase By Racist Group
New York City police are investigating the death of a 16-year-old who died of an asthma attach while being chased by a mostly White group of teens waving a gun and shouting racial epithets.
Dayshen McKenzie, an aspiring rapper died May 27 after a conflict between one of his friends and a person with another group, the New York Daily News reported. The argument apparently escalated and McKenzie and his friends — each of them Black — fled the scene with an angry crew behind them with at least one shouting “I’m gonna shoot you n*gger,” and another exclaiming that he had a gun.
Harry Smith, 19, told the Daily News that a friend of his and a member of the other group began to argue about a girl — a beef that went back two years, behind a Checkers restaurant in the city’s Staten Island borough. “They guy said, ‘You got a problem?’ And my (friend) said, ‘You got a problem?’ and it went on,” Smith said. “They left, and they came back three cars deep. The guy in the first car had a gun.”
The seven teens ran out of the lot with the others giving chase in at least three cars. Police confirmed that a firearm was pulled in the fracas, but nobody was targeting McKenzie in particular. They ran to a field where the angry group cornered them, according to Smith, but their assailants left when they heard police coming. But McKenzie hid in a shed behind a home and eventually collapsed.
“They were chasing him — that’s a crime,”Diane Fatigati, an NYPD officer who tried to save McKenzie told the Daily News. “You’re hunting them because they’re black … You’re calling them a n—-r.”
She said the group going after the teen was a group of White males and one Hispanic male and that two of the cars had Pennsylvania license plates. The group of teens in trouble ran behind houses and tried to hide
Fatigati tried to resuscitate the McKenzie once he had the ashma attack but failed to bring him back. He died the same day of the incident, according to the Staten Island Advance. The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating what happened, but no arrests have been made in McKenzie’s death.
McKenzie’s mother Tisha Richardson, 43, told the Daily News that McKenzie had forgotten his asthma inhaler when he went out with six of his friends last Friday.
“I never let him spend a night outside of the house, because I was so scared if he had an asthma attack, they wouldn’t know what to do,” she said. “So I wouldn’t allow him to spend the night out, and it still ended up taking his life.”
But she also says her sadness has turned to anger over what happened.
“I want justice for him,” she said.”Somebody should be held accountable.”