Boy, 18, dies after being stabbed three times and then set on fire from gasoline spilling all over him in the hall of Bronx apartment building during an argument
- Winston Ortiz, 18, died after being stabbed and set on fire in a gruesome attack in a hallway in a Bronx apartment building
- The teen was stabbed in the chest three times before pouring gasoline over him and then set on fire with a flick match.
- Ortiz had a fight with his attacker before the attack took place
- Police found him half conscious, with extensive burns to his body
- He was rushed to Harlem hospital but could not be rescued
A teenager died hours after being set on fire in a Bronx apartment building during an argument with another man.
Winston Ortiz, 18, was stabbed three times before being doused with gasoline and then a lit match was thrown at him on Wednesday afternoon at around 3pm, leaving him in a critical condition.
Police have revealed that the suspect entered the building just before Ortiz and then carried out the brutal attack.
Winston Ortiz, 18, died after being stabbed and set on fire in a gruesome attack in a hallway in a Bronx apartment building
Neighbors ran out of their apartment and were able to put out the flames with buckets of water before the EMT arrived.
Late Wednesday evening, Ortiz’s aunt posted a heartbreaking message on her Facebook page announcing the death of her cousin.
“Today we found out that our oldest cousin was brutally murdered in New York. He fought hard for his life until he couldn’t fight anymore and died tonight. I beg all my friends to share us GoFundMe for no parent should survive their child, let alone worry about how to pay for the funeral arrangements. My heart is broken in pieces like this and can no longer be comforted. ‘
A woman who saw Ortiz on fire and pouring water on him told the New York Post that it had shaken her awake.
The teenager was stabbed in the chest three times before pouring gasoline on him and then set on fire with a flick match in the hallway of a Bronx apartment building, pictured
I stepped outside. I saw flames, ”said the 34-year-old woman, refusing to give her name.
‘I thought her apartment was on fire. And when I went there, I saw a man in flames all over his body.
“I got very scared because I have my girls here,” she said. “It’s really alarming.”
The woman said she felt unsafe due to a recent wave of violence in the area.
Ortiz had a falling out with his attacker before the attack took place in the Bronx apartment building
“Unfortunately, we don’t feel safe in the neighborhood,” said the mother. ‘There was shooting around the corner yesterday. We may need some police in the area. ‘
In Tuesday’s shooting, two men were shot near the corner of the building.
A 21-year-old man was beaten seven times while a 37-year-old man was shot in the food.
No arrests have been made so far for Ortiz’s death.
The neighborhood has witnessed a wave of violence in recent days, with two men being shot on Tuesday