17-year old Arrested in Stabbing Death on Hester Street

The New York Times is reporting tonight that a 17-year old, Victor Fong, has been arrested in connection with the November 18th stabbing death of another teen outside a school at 100 Hester Street (near Forsyth).

Nelson Rafael Pena, an 18-year old, and another man whose name has not been released, were rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Pena died a short time later. According to the Times, Fong (of 265 Cherry Street) surrendered at the 5th Precinct on Monday, and was charged with second degree murder:

Investigators said that Mr. Pena and his friend, whose name was not
released, were walking near Hester and Forsyth Streets about 6 p.m.
when they were approached by two men who had confronted them a short
time earlier. Mr. Pena’s relatives said they had learned that the
assailants were upset “over a look.” The police said on Saturday
that the men knew one another through people in the area, and that a
dispute was behind the stabbing. Previously, the police said the
assaults were not gang-related.

Relatives said Pena grew up on Broome Street  near the 7th Precinct, the middle child in a family with 7 children:

His mother, Nilsa Vasquez, said he had been working at a Foot
Locker in SoHo for about a year and loved the job because he was
athletic. She said that neither her son nor his friend knew their attackers. “My son doesn’t carry weapons,” Ms. Vasquez said in an interview. “He never had a chance to defend himself. He was a good kid.” As of Saturday, investigators had not recovered any weapons, the police said. A
woman who answered the phone at the Fong residence and identified
herself as May Chow, Mr. Fong’s mother, said, “He’s a good boy, a very,
very good boy.”

100 Hester Street is the home of Intermediate School 131, Pace High School and the Chinatown YMCA's Beacon Center. Fong will appear in court on Wednesday. Counselors working with teens in the neighborhood have been told the dispute is related to a long-simmering feud among rival gangs.

5 comments to 17-year old Arrested in Stabbing Death on Hester Street

  • Punchy's Cousin

    I’m glad they caught that son of a B*****. I hope he serves a long time. I wouldn’t mind the death penalty or life either. My cousin did not deserve to be killed. He was well mannered, lovable, respectful, and well educated. NOW HE COULD FINALLY R.I.P. I LOVE YOU COUSIN. We will never forget you. Just remember GOD is big and what goes around comes around. Let its course take its place.
    Samantha

  • LifesGiven

    IT was said that 10 hammers was recovered at the scene
    SO i really dont believe a normal 17 year old Asian kid will go up to a random teen and intentionally stabbing him in the fatal areas

  • Alyssa

    I Will Always Love Punchy, He Was Apart Of Our Family And Now Were Lost With Out Him, But Now Hopefully Justice Will Be Served , RIP cuso I Love Youu …
    ALYSSA

  • BOBBY

    What I hear it was some Blacks and Spanish that were beaten up by some other fujian Chinese kids. The Blacks and Spanish then went to the Smith and nearby housing and gathered about twenty plus kids to hunt for the Fujian Chinese on Hester and Eldridge Street. This Chinese kid that was arrested, was at the wrong place at the wrong time.He Was surrended chased,and attacked by a mob, with hammers,and pipes.What can he do,kill or be killed.The Spanish kid that was killed was not a bad kid either, he was just used by a Spanish gang leader from Smith , who also pulled a gun on another Chinese kid that ran.I hope they can get the tapes,that truly shows what happened.

  • bev

    Something like would’ve never happened during Giuliani’s time.