Police have charged a 14-year-old as an adult in connection with a stabbing that left a fellow student dead. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Paul English saw a 14-year-old get stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon right outside I.S. 117.
"As I was walking, I seen two kids were fighting, so the other one did like this, stabbing," English said. "The kid was laying down on the ground after he collapsed."
"The security guard from the school, he took out his gloves and he started helping him, and the teacher, she ran to her car," said another person at the scene.
First responders rushed the teen, Timothy Crump, to a nearby hospital, but it was too late.
The teen's neighbor, said he was a good kid who had respect for his elders.
"For somebody to just take a life like that, that's messed up," said Tyrone Rivers, a neighbor of the victim.
Police identified the suspect late Wednesday night as 14-year-old Noel Estevez of the Bronx.
Estevez is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
He is being charged as an adult.
Neighbors of the 14-year-old suspected of stabbing Crump to death said peers generally didn't show that child respect.
"He's been a victim for three months already," said Marisol Perez, a neighbor of the suspect. "They've been coming back and forth to school, telling them that he's been bullying. He didn't want to go to school for three months."
Adults and children said there were several people involved in the altercation initially, and the suspect was being victimized.
"He defended himself against all these kids," said one person at the scene.
It's unclear exactly what happened, but Rivers said he's sure the boy he knew would not have started any trouble.
"He didn't bully nobody. He had mad respect for his elders," Rivers said. "He don't like bulliers. He'll try to, if he see that you're being bullied and you can't defend yourself, he'll be right there to help you out."
The Department of Education said counselors will be on hand at I.S. 117 throughout the day Thursday to counsel students in need.