Tyler Flach, an aspiring rapper who went by the name “BabyTy” and who recorded a music video, is accused in the stabbing death of Khaseen Morris, a 16-year-old boy from Oceanside, New York, who was murdered in a brawl outside a strip mall. Bystanders watching the murder unfold filmed it on video they posted to social media instead of helping Khaseen.
In a press conference before Flach’s arrest, Nassau County Police Department Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said that police were poring through videos, including one posted via Snapchat, to try to identify the person who stabbed Morris, a 16-year-old boy from Long Island. He expressed frustration and outrage over other teens’ decision to videotape what was happening rather than trying to intervene to stop it or to help the stabbed teenager as he lay bleeding on a sidewalk.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Flach Was Charged With Murder Over the Dispute That Erupted Over a Girl, Police Say
Flach was charged with murder. He is also a teenager. According to NBC New York, Flach, 18, is from Lido Beach, which is a community located in Nassau County, New York. He lives along Greenway Road.
“An innocent life to the hands of a nobdy (sic) over nothing,” wrote one man on Twitter. “Tyler Flach was in my bus 112 class in my first semester…he was the exact type of person you would think he is. His existence has only tormented others and now he has [allegedly] taken the life of a 16 year old who did not.”
Around 3:45 p.m., after school let out at Oceanside High School, said Fitzpatrick, “the kids come down to this vicinity to go to the pizzeria and congregate in this shopping mall.” He said there was a “prerearranged type of dispute going on over a young lady that “boiled over here.”
Fitzpatrick said in the news conference that a group of six to seven males “charged at the victim and a couple of his friends…Khaseen Morris died last night just before midnight from one stab wound.” Fitzpatrick said that Khaseen was stabbed in the “melee.”
He estimated that there were 50-70 teenagers present at the time and said that “a handful of kids have come forward. You’ve all seen the video out there.” Fitzpatrick then directed comments to anyone who was in the group that charged at Morris, saying, “Of the individuals responsible for this, if you’re not a possible murderer of Khaseen Morris, now is the time to get in touch with us and let us know who did this and why. If it was just coming here and thinking you were fighting and then he got stabbed in that, you need to get in front of this. After I put handcuffs on you, is not the time this will be helpful.”
He added that the fight started “over a common girl and perception of who she might be dating” and Morris “had knowledge” that another male “might show up here. He came here with the idea this might happen, to fistfight with this individual.
We have identified several members of this group.” He said police are still gathering evidence but are gearing up to make arrests. The girl in question wasn’t involved in the fight. The police lieutenant said that Morris was stabbed “once in the upper torso.”
2. Flach Created a Rap Video & Police Say People Took Videos of Khaseen’s Death ‘Instead of Helping’
Flach has a SoundCloud account in the name of “BabyTy” where he posted rap songs. His latest song, “When the Trap Call,” has had more than 112,000 listens. Since Flach’s arrest, that song’s comment thread has filled with angry comments about the murder. He also recorded a video for that song. ““WHEN THE TRAP CALL” Official Music video dropping soon !REPOST LIKE ETC,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Dumba*s is gonna be locked up,” wrote one person. “smh bro u had a whole career goin for urself too,” wrote another.
Flach’s personal Instagram page is deleted. He had two Facebook pages; one showing him as a child, and the other one with a blank profile picture. They don’t have much on them. Relatives who interact with those pages have addresses that trace back to the home where Tyler Flach was living at the time of his arrest. On Twitter, his handle was @ihateBabyTy. That page, too, has now filled up with negative comments.
The police official expressed exasperation that people stood there taking videos when the teenager was dying. He said “there’s one video that’s circulating….probably others.” He said police have the first video and are reviewing it.
“Kids stood here and didn’t help Khaseen; they’d rather video this event,” said Fitzpatrick. “They video’d his death instead of helping. So anyone has video, come forward, do the right thing for Khaseen.”
He was asked for his reaction to that and responded, “I don’t know what to make of it, my generation vs. this generation. This can’t go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That’s egregious.” He said that occurred via Snapchat.
He added that a friend of Khaseen also suffered a fractured arm during the melee and that the group that charged at him was not from Oceanside, but he didn’t identify their community.
He said they believe there was just one weapon involved, and that Morris was not armed.
3. Khaseen Was a High School Senior Who Loved Skateboarding
Khaseen Morris was a senior at Moat Oceanside High School, a school district spokesperson confirmed to USA Today.
“The community is shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” she said to the newspaper. “We have counselors supporting our students and we’ve reached out to Khaseen’s family.” A woman whose son knew Khaseen wrote, “…He was such a sweet, respectful young man when I interacted with him. We are so very, very sorry for this senseless loss. Our prayers are with the family.” Another woman wrote, “For the short time I got to know Kah, I found he was easy to talk to very kind, funny, and caring to those around him. RIP fly high❤.”
Newsday reported that Khaseen loved skateboarding and was “artistic and bubbly,” according to his family. A social media threat prompted police to descend on the local high school after word circulated that youths were going to show up in response to Morris’s death.
4. Khaseen’s Sister Wept When She Described Seeing the Social Media Video
Khaseen’s sister Keyanna Morris described to Newsday how she cried when watching the video on social media which “showed her brother bleeding on the sidewalk.”
“He was in so much pain,” Keyanna Morris told Newsday. She added in the interview that her brother had been threatened by the girl in question’s ex-boyfriend. To ABC7, she described Morris as “so happy” because he had friends and had finally found a school where no one was judging him. She wrote on Facebook, “How am I going to live with out you Poodie ??”
She also wrote: “His name is KHASEEN MORRIS!!!!! Keep screaming his name! #justiceforkha.” Another woman shared a post to her page that read, “His name was Khaseen Morris! My 16 year old brother was killed! He was the sweetest person in the world! All he did was walk a girl home …I’m trying to get his name out there please help his story out there! He didn’t deserve this! #justiceforkha.”
Some teens did try to help Khaseen and a local business owner told Newsday he gave them paper towels to try to stanch the boy’s bleeding.
A GoFundMe account to help Morris’s family has raised more than $25,000. It reads, “On September 16, 2019 Khaseen Morris’ life was senselessly cut short. With his whole life ahead of him, this tragic incident stopped it in it’s tracks. He leaves behind a family that was closer to each other than any family I’ve ever met. And now they must bury their “baby.”
If we could take away their pain we would. Keyanna is our family/friend/acquaintance but to know her is to love her and her family. We can’t bring him back. We can’t erase this time from their lives, but we can ease the financial burden that this family will encounter.”
One woman who donated wrote, “This is freakin senseless. These kids who stood around and video tape should be charged to imo. You don’t stand around and watch a helpless kid get jumped and killed. What is our society coming too (sic.”
5. Tyler Flach Was Arrested on Wednesday & Police Don’t Suspect Gang Affiliation
Police say the suspect was arrested on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. According to NBC New York, Flach will be arraigned on Thursday September 19 in Hempstead.
Fitzpatrick said police don’t have evidence of gang affiliation among the group that charged at Khaseen, but he said that “things were being shouted as this group left. We’re still researching what this meant.”
“We’re still vetting out a lot of video,” Fitzpatrick also said, adding that police were looking at the video to try to “identify everybody.”
This post is being updated as more information is learned about Tyler Flach.