A mother has lost her son after he was chased by a group of white and Hispanic men yelling racial slurs and waving a gun in Staten Island.
Dayshen McKenzie, a black teen from Staten Island, N.Y., collapsed and died from an asthma attack when he was fleeing for his life.
“To me, it’s murder,” Diane Fatigati, an ex-New York City police officer who tried to help the teen, told the New York Daily News. “They were chasing him—that’s a crime. You’re hunting them because they’re black …. You’re calling them a [n–ger].”
Fatigati said the mob consisted of young white men and one Hispanic young man.
“The sadness turns to anger,” Dayshen’s mom, Tisha Richardson, told the Daily News. “I want justice for him. Somebody should be held accountable.”
When Fatigati came across Dayshen, his friends were trying to revive him.
Fatigati recalled seeing Dayshen as two friends were dragging him outside of the shed.
“The kids were throwing water on him,” she recounted. “I came out and said, ‘What’s going on?’ They said, ‘My brother’s dead, my brother’s dead! He’s dying, he’s dying!’”
“He was such a good kid,” Richardson said of her multitalented son. “He would walk up to me and say, ‘Can I get a hug?’ He was just that kind of kid. Anything he wanted to do, he would do.”
No suspects have been arrested.