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Coney Island Teenagers Indicted for After School Gang Assault

Thirteen-year-old charged with murder for allegedly stabbing victim to death; co-defendants charged with manslaughter.
Coney Island strip mall where the murder took place. Photo: Google Maps.

Three teenagers have been variously charged with murder, manslaughter and gang assault for allegedly fatally attacking a 17-year-old boy in Coney Island in an after-school assault.

“Nyheem Wright had his whole life ahead of him when he was brutally and senselessly murdered, and my heart goes out to his family, friends and all those impacted by this horrific crime," Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said. "That this terrible attack was allegedly committed by young teenagers is shocking and heartbreaking, but we will not tolerate this kind of violence in Brooklyn, and my office will vigorously seek justice on Nyheem’s behalf.”

The District Attorney said the defendants are 13- ,14- and 16-year-old boys, all of Coney Island. They were arraigned today before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Craig Walker on an indictment in which they are variously charged with second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first- and second-degree gang assault.

The 13-year-old defendant is being held without bail, the 14-year-old’s bail is set at $50,000 cash or $75,000 bond and the 16-year-old’s bail is set at $75,000 cash or $100,000 bond. The defendants were ordered to return to court on April 12, 2023. The 13-year-old faces a maximum sentence of nine years to life in prison if convicted of the top count with which he is charged. The two other defendants face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the top count with which they are charged.
The District Attorney said that, according to the investigation, on Jan. 20, 2023, at approximately 3:15pm, the victim, 17, was in front of a strip mall located at 3001 Mermaid Ave. with his twin brother when he was allegedly surrounded by the defendants and a fight ensued. The two older defendants allegedly kicked and punched Wright about the head and body and the youngest defendant then allegedly charged at the victim and stabbed him in the torso.
The defendants fled the scene and turned themselves in to the police two days later. Wright died of a stab wound to the torso, according to the Office of the New York City Chief Medical Examiner. 


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