On Wednesday, an ongoing fight between a pair of 14-year-old boys resulted in a stabbing outside a Bronx school that left one dead and the other in handcuffs due to a murder charge.
Why Noel Estevez killed the other is not clear.
According to police sources, Estevez attacked the other boy due to the reason that Crump beat him and robbed him a few weeks ago. But others said Crump bullied Estevez who was not mentally stable and teased him about his mother’s recent arrest before the stabber finally snapped around 3 p.m. near Intermediate School 117 as classes let out.
According to the neighbor, Crump’s mom said, “They killed my son!” after cops told her about the bloody offense.
Estevez now faces murder and manslaughter charges, he is being charged as an adult.
On Thursday, the teenager was about to cry but didn’t speak a single word as detectives directed him out of the 46th Precinct stationhouse.
According to the schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, “We are devastated to lose one of our children like this”. On Thursday, Grief counselors will be sent to I.S. 117.
23-year-old Arroyo, Estevez’s neighbor Stephany said, “Timothy is one of the kids that is constantly bullying Noel. He would say) things like, ‘Ha ha, your mom’s a crackhead, you’re stuttering, you don’t got no food stamps, you’re mom’s locked up”.
Last week, Estevez’s mother was taken into custody on drug charges adding Crump and his friends “found that funny”. Crump and his crew would also go to Estevez’s Morris Heights home and scare him, Arroyo claimed. She added, “They (would) come on skateboards and sit in front of his building and scream up, ‘We’re going to get you! Every day they would come”.
43-year-old Marisol Perez, a parent of one of the teen’s classmates said the bullying left Estevez despondent and suicidal. He said, “Two weeks ago he tried to hang himself in his own apartment. His father found him hanging himself in the closet with a rope”.
Estevez recovered from his suicide attempt and returned to school this week but he wasn’t happy. Perez, “He told his father that he didn’t want to come to school because they were still bullying him. His father brought him to school this morning and said, don’t worry, just go straight home after school”.
Crump who lived with his mom in a shelter on Aldus St. was described as quiet by the neighbors. They said Estevez was the bully who would start fights at a local basketball court.
According to 40-year-old Tyrone Rivers, “Noel wanted to be the center of attention. He wanted to make it look like he was the victim. He’d say, ‘I run this block, I’m going to get my gun and shoot you.’ I’ve seen him say it”.
After the murder, Crump’s friends showed up at Estevez’s home for revenge, Arroyo said, “They had knives. they were ready. They were going to go get him for what he did to Timothy”.