MOUNT HOPE — A 14-year-old boy was fatally stabbed by a classmate Wednesday after a three-month argument between the two, police said.
Timothy Crump confronted Noel Estevez outside Joseph H. Wade Middle School at 1865 Morris Ave. about 3 p.m., police said. What started as a verbal dispute escalated into a physical fight in which Timothy was stabbed repeatedly, according to the NYPD.
"They were fighting. One took out a knife and stabbed the other one," witness Juan Perez, 18, said.
"People started screaming."
Timothy was taken to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital where he died, officials said. Noel, who was Facebook friends with Timothy, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder and manslaughter, police said.
An NYPD spokesman said that Noel and Timothy had been engaged in "an ongoing dispute" that started in April, but couldn't elaborate.
Neighbors said Noel had told them he was nervous about leaving his home.
"Every day, he would come to me and ask, 'Will you walk me to the store? I am scared to go outside,'" his neighbor, Marisol Perez, 45, said.