Merely hours after an 18-year-old African-American teen was stabbed to death inside a Utica Ave. shoe store, another 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death barely a few hundred feet away, on the corner of Utica Ave. and Eastern Parkway – near the Crown Heights-Utica Ave. subway station, in what appears to be a related incident.
The second stabbing occurred Wednesday night at around 11:30pm, on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave.
The victim, later identified as John Garrett, 17, was stabbed in the chest by an unknown assailant. News 12 reports that surveillance video from a nearby bodega captured Garrett struggling with what appears to be another teenager.
The victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Garrett’s family told News 12 that they had just celebrated his birthday on Sunday and that he did well in school. He was the youngest of three children.
Sources say the two victims knew each other, though it is still unclear why they were targeted.