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Man Charged For Stabbing Death of 17-Year-Old in Williamsburg Park, DA Says

By Gwynne Hogan | January 25, 2016 12:26pm
 Jovani Cubias and his half sister, Lorena Juarez, a few weeks before Jovani was fatally stabbed.
Jovani Cubias and his half sister, Lorena Juarez, a few weeks before Jovani was fatally stabbed.
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — A Bushwick man has been charged with the fatal stabbing of a high school student in a Sternberg Park last week as police continue to hunt for a second suspect.

Dante Malary, 19, turned himself in at Williamsburg's 90th Precinct on Friday, police said, several blocks away from where prosecutors say he stabbed Jovani Cubias, 17, last Wednesday afternoon.

Malary was arraigned on Sunday on manslaughter, assault and weapons charges, records show.

Cubias, a student at the Green School on Graham Avenue, was invoived in a teenage love triangle with the ex-boyfriend of the girl he was dating in the days leading up to his death, according to the boy's family members.

His girlfriend's ex-boyfriend had grown increasingly angry and was looking for a fight in the week leading up to the attack, Cubias' family members said.

The rivals were slated to meet earlier in the week but Cubias' family had urged him not to go.

On Wednesday after school, however, a group of teens confronted Cubias in Sternberg Park near Lorimer Street and Montrose Avenue at around 4:30 p.m., according to police and relatives.

During the melee, one of the boys plunged a knife into Cubias' chest, prosecutors and police said. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m.

It was not clear if Malary was the ex-boyfriend of Cubias' girlfriend.

No information about Malary's attorney was available. He was being held at Rikers Island without bail and was due back in court on Jan. 28, records show.

After his sudden death, Cubias' devastated half-sister demanded that all those involved in his death be brought to justice.

The family wants "to make sure these people involved don't ever see freedom," said Lorena Juarez, 24.

Until then, Juarez said, "the hardest part will be burying him."