O’Shae Sibley, a 28-year-old gay Black man, was fatally stabbed while dancing in Brooklyn.
Sibley, a member of the House of Du’Mure-Versailles and a Philadelphia native, had moved to New York during the pandemic to pursue dance opportunities.
On the night of the incident, Sibley and his friends were dancing and voguing to Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” album at a gas station when they were approached by a group of young men who hurled homophobic and racist slurs. One of the teenagers then stabbed Sibley, who later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The alleged assailant surrendered to the police a few days later.
The murder is being investigated as a racist and homophobic hate crime. Sibley’s death has sparked mourning and demonstrations throughout New York City’s LGBTQ+ community.