A night of board games and drinks among friends turned deadly in East Farmingdale, leaving one man dead and his former friend jailed as a stabbing suspect.
The suspect, Bobby Costic, 42, of 36 Jefferson St., was charged yesterday with first-degree manslaughter, alleging that Costic intended to inflict only injury but wound up killing Scott, police said.
A series of recent disputes between the two, who were childhood friends, “just boiled over,” said Det. Sgt. William Lamb.
Neighbors said Scott was playing dominoes and checkers with friends and neighbors outside the home he shares with his mother when the confrontation erupted.
Scott’s girlfriend, Tiniyah Weekes, of Central Islip, said she witnessed the fight and stabbing. She said a man Scott knew for years was talking with Scott. It wasn’t clear if this man was Costic, a stockbroker.
“They exchanged words,” Weekes said. “They got into a scuffle. Will got the better of him and then let him go.” Weekes said he walked away, saying, “I don’t want to do this. I love you.”
Scott went back to playing a board game. The other man left, only to return and stab Scott in the torso.
“I ran over, calling 911 at the same time,” Weekes said. “Will was holding his side. He collapsed.”
Scott went to the ground in his yard.
“He said, ‘I can’t breathe,’ ” Weekes said. “I didn’t think he was going to die. I thought they’d take him and he’d be OK.”
Scott’s mother, Mildred, 67, said she was in bed when neighbors woke her and told her that her son had been stabbed.
“I leave it in God’s hands,” Mildred Scott said after learning of her son’s death. “I pray for him and hope for the best.”
Jeffrey Lashinde, 21, a neighbor, said he didn’t see the stabbing, only the aftermath. “He was lying in the grass in his yard,” he said. “He was trying to talk.”
Lashinde said Scott’s last words to him were, “Tell my daughter I love her.”
Scott’s mother said her son had a 16-year-old daughter who lives in Queens.
Scott, a handyman, was popular with his neighbors. Larry Abiola, 24, said: “Willie was a really good person, probably one of the nicest people I ever met in my life.”