NEW YORK — Eight young men arrested in the stabbing death of a tourist from Utah in a subway station belonged to a gang that required would-be members to mug someone as an initiation rite, it was reported today.
Former members said the gang robbed people "for the hell of it" and to get money to go dancing, the New York Times reported.
The youth suspected of wielding the murder weapon has claimed that the victim, Brian Watkins, 22, ran into his knife and that the stabbing was accidental, New York Newsday and the New York Post quoted police as saying.
Newsday said the suspect, Yull Garry Morales, 18, told investigators: "There was fighting. I took out my knife to protect myself and the guy turned and it went into him."