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17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Stabbed in the Stomach in Queens: NYPD

The teen was stabbed in the stomach several times in front of a home in St. Albans, the NYPD said

What to Know

  • A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death in Queens Friday night, the NYPD said
  • Talasia Cuffie, of Long Island City, as stabbed in the stomach several times in front of a home in St. Albans, police said
  • No one had been arrested in connection with Cuffie’s death as of Saturday afternoon. An investigation is ongoing

A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death in Queens Friday night, the NYPD said.

Talasia Cuffie, of Long Island City, was stabbed in the stomach several times in front of a home on 166th Street, near 116th Avenue, in St. Albans around 9:50 p.m., police said.

Cuffie staggered down the block where she eventually collapsed on the sidewalk. That was where police said they found her Saturday morning. 

"When we opened the window she was lying there on the sidewalk and she was making these noises when we opened the window, so it was, it was sad," said neighbor Anne Merwe.

Cuffie was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

"My cousin was a young lady, who was very outgoing. She loved to enjoy life," said Cuffie's cousin, Celia Abercrombie. "She never had any enemies, she just wanted best for herself and her little brother."

Cuffie was a close friend to Aamir Griffin, the 14-year-old boy struck by a stray bullet on a Queens basketball court last month, her cousin confirmed to News 4.

"She lost a family friend who was almost like a brother to her, just right down the block. She took that really hard," Cuffie's cousin said. 

"If you’re out there and you can hear this, I just want you to know that you took someone special from our family. She didn't deserve this. I just hope that you turn yourself in," Abercrombie said. 

No one had been arrested in connection with Cuffie’s death as of Saturday evening and the NYPD had not released an description of a possible suspect. An investigation is ongoing.

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