Stabbing on Thanksgiving Day Leaves High School Football Player Dead, Suspect Arrested

NEW YORK, NY — A tragic incident unfolded in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning in New York City, leaving one teenager dead and another injured. Police responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing at 96 Lafayette Street. The scene they encountered was one of violence, with a 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man suffering from stab wounds to their torsos. While the 17-year-old victim sadly did not survive, the 19-year-old is in stable condition, according to police.

The tragic incidient took place after a night of drinking outside an axe-throwing bar, as reported by the New York Post. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eun Bi Kim revealed that the defendant allegedly stabbed the 17-year-old boy in the chest before slashing the torso of the 19-year-old’s brother, causing a deep laceration. However, the defense attorney for the accused claims the incident was more complex than initially presented.

Attorney Warren Quaid stated that the chaos and mayhem surrounding the incident, which was not captured on surveillance video or discussed by the prosecutors, should be taken into account. He argued that his client was repeatedly pummeled in the midst of the chaotic scene. The lawyer’s perspective appears to suggest that there may be more factors at play in this tragic event.

The victim, Rocco Rodden, was a student at Saint Joseph Regional High School in New Jersey and a member of the school’s football team. The news of his passing has devastated the community. The school released a heartfelt statement expressing their sorrow and offering condolences to Rocco’s family and friends. Former coach Dan Marangi also took to social media to pay tribute to Rocco, emphasizing how full of life he was.

The St. Joseph Athletic Director, Reggie Sainte Rose, spoke about the shock felt within the community. He mentioned that the football team gathered for a prayer service and time to reflect on the tragic loss. The focus is on supporting each other and sending prayers to the grieving family during this difficult time.

Details surrounding the incident are still emerging, and the investigation is ongoing. As authorities work to determine the full extent of the circumstances that led to this tragedy, the community mourns the loss of a young life on a day of gratitude and reflection.