O'Shae Sibley, the Brooklyn man fatally stabbed for voguing at a gas station near Coney Island on Saturday night, is being remembered as an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and activist, while his murder is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
Sibley, 28, was found by authorities with a stab wound to the abdomen at a Mobil gas station in Midwood around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday night.
According to the NY Post, the video reportedly shows Sibley and three other men wearing bathing suits while gassing up their vehicle. Sibley can be seen voguing along with one of the other men when a group of men by the station’s store entrance shout words at them. Sibley and his companions approach the group and words are exchanged. The conversation grows heated but breaks up after several minutes. Moments later the groups clash again, and a physical fight breaks out. Sibley is stabbed and staggers to a sidewalk where he collapses as his assailants disperse.
Sibley was taken to Maimonides Medical Center but could not be saved and was pronounced dead.
According to multiple reports, one suspect said he was against the group for suggestively dancing in public wearing only bathing suits. The suspect and the others in his group also were allegedly shouting antigay slurs at Sibley and his friends.
Sibley was well known in the ballroom community, CBS News reports.
The case has been referred to the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force for investigation as a possible hate crime, but police have made no arrests or released the identity of potential suspects.
Friends of Sibley recalled a talented artist who used his craft to advocate for social change.
Director and choreographer Kemar Jewel told the NY Daily News Oshae had participated in several marches over the years.
“He also volunteered at dance studios to help teach folks,” Jewell recalled. “He volunteered at youth centers and he offered free classes and stuff. He definitely loved to give back.”
Jewel worked with Sibley for over ten years and featured the Philadelphia native in the nearly seven-minute-long 2021 video Soft: A Love Letter to Black Queer Men, which Sibley co-choreographed.
“He was really good at adding ballet stuff to a tap number or voguing to a hip hop number,” Jewel said, later adding, “He really, really loved Soft. He helped to talk me through it and breath life into it.”