NEW YORK — Seven young men were charged Monday in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old Utah tourist killed on a subway platform as he tried to protect his mother, police said.
Yulla Garry Morales, 19, of Queens, and six other young men were charged with murder and robbery Monday night, detective Joseph DeMartino told a news conference. The names of the other suspects were not released.
The youths were charged in the death of Brian Watkins of Provo, Utah, who was visiting New York with his family to watch the U.S. Open tennis tournament. He was fatally stabbed as he waited on the platform of a midtown Manhattan subway station at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, DeMartino said.
Police believe Morales wielded the knife, the detective said.
"We are certain that these seven are the principal actors," DeMartino said, adding that more arrests were possible.
Watkins and his 26-year-old brother, Todd, had jumped to their mother's aid after the seven youths attacked her and their father, Transit Police spokesman Al O'Leary said.