RIP Levi King Flores
Posted by shadmia on January 15, 2010
Levi King Flores was only 17 years old. He had not yet graduated from High School. He could not yet vote. He couldn’t buy beer. He couldn’t even buy a pack cigarettes….and he will never be able to do any of those things because he was stabbed to death on the streets of Newburgh, NY on Jan. 13, 2010. He leaves behind loving parents, siblings, a girlfriend, a son and many friends. Levi was a victim of gang violence.
A 13-year-old boy, who goes by the street name of “Pinky”, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Levi Flores. He was arraigned in Newburgh City Court before Judge Harold Ramseyhe and was placed into the custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Police did not release real name.
According to reports, a fight broke out at the corner of First St. and Carpenter Ave. in which Levi was stabbed along with a 12-year-old boy. They were both taken to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Newburgh Campus. While there, two other teens showed up, also with stabbed wounds – a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl. All of them were interviewed by the police. During the course of their investigation, the police learned the identity of the accused 13-year-old.
Levi and two of the other stabbing victims were taken by helicopter to Westchester Medical Center. While en route Levi died. The others are expected to survive.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s unbelievable that the violence has resulted in this kind of action. What used to be a personal insult or an assault in the school yard that might have resulted in a fist fight is now culminating outside on the city streets…its unbelievable,” said Eric Paolilli the chief of police.
The next day at NFA, the high school, there was a lot of tension. A number of fights broke out. The police were called in. By noon they had arrested 4 students. Many parents showed up at the school to get their kids early. Some of the students were angry but many were grieving. The disturbance prompted school officials to cancel all after school activities and close the school system for the following day, Friday. On Monday the schools will remain closed in observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday.