The suspect in the fatal stabbing of an Oceanside High School student has a criminal record that included arrests on an assault charge in May and a possession of a controlled substance charge early this month, police officials say.
Tyler Flach, 18, of Lido Beach, was charged with second-degree murder in First District Court in Hempstead on Sept. 19, three days after Nassau County prosecutors said he plunged a knife into the chest of Khaseen Morris, 16, of Oceanside during a fight sparked by a dispute over a girl.
Khaseen, a senior at Oceanside High School, was the youngest of four children and would have turned 17 next month. He drew anime and loved to skateboard, according to friends and family.
Flach pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in front of Judge Gary M. Carlton, who ordered him held without bail.
Flach’s attorney, Edward Sapone of Garden City, said his client was a student at Nassau Community College and had begun to pursue a hip hop music career.
His parents are divorced, and Flach lives with his mother in Lido Beach, Sapone said. Flach’s father splits his time between Israel and New York.
Police have said the violence broke out after Morris went to a strip mall near his school knowing that the ex-boyfriend of a girl he was friendly with had wanted to confront him.
Police have said Flach and his friends — a group of six or seven — sought out Morris and charged at him and "his couple of friends" before Flach stabbed him once in the chest during the fight.
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