Midwood

Student stabbed to death in broad daylight in Midwood

April 30, 2019 Noah Goldberg
Police cordoned off the pizza place where Rohan Burke, 17, bled out after being stabbed on Monday. Eagle photo by Arthur de Gaeta.
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A Brooklyn teen was stabbed Monday afternoon, then stumbled – bleeding and screaming – into a Midwood pizza shop trying to escape his attackers, according to a witness.

Rohan Burke, 17, was stabbed around 4:00 p.m on the corner of Avenue M and East 17th Street, police said. He later died of his wounds.

The broad daylight attack happened just down the block from Edward R. Murrow High School, and the pizzeria is a popular after school stop for students. Burke was a student at the Lafayette Educational Complex in Gravesend, formerly known as Lafayette High School, police said. He lived in Mill Basin.

Police taped off Avenue M after the stabbing. Eagle photo by Arthur de Gaeta.
Police taped off Avenue M after the stabbing. Eagle photo by Arthur de Gaeta.

“He just screaming, ‘I don’t like it. I don’t want it,’” said Ayhan Percin, the pizzaiolo at Pizza-Gyro-Grill, on East 17th Street and Avenue M. Percin said that Burke stumbled into the restaurant covered in blood.

“When he take off his t-shirt, all the blood all over the place,” Percin said. “I called 911.”

Percin said Burke was not stabbed inside the restaurant, and that he did not see any of the boy’s attackers.

Police found Burke lying on the ground with a stab wound to his torso. He was taken to Maimonides Hospital, where he died.

No arrests have been made, but cops said they are looking at two or three suspects who may have been involved in the stabbing.

A police presence remained at Edward R. Murrow high school on Tuesday morning.


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