Chinatown Stabbing: Rocco Rodden, a 17-year-old Boy Stabbed to Death Early Thanksgiving Morning

Last Updated on November 24, 2023, 3:25 am

Lower Manhattan stabbing leaves one dead, one seriously injured.

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Rocco Rodden Death: A 17-year-old boy was killed, and his 19-year-old brother was seriously injured in a stabbing incident that took place in lower Manhattan early Thanksgiving morning. Law enforcement authorities did not identify the victim, but unconfirmed sources report the 17-year-old victim was Rocco Rodden.

What happened in Chinatown?

A fight broke out between the two groups after an exchange altercation outside a lower Manhattan axe-throwing bar on the intersection of Lafayette Street and White Street early Thanksgiving morning. The fight took a violent turn, resulting in 17-year-old Rocco Rodden sustaining fatal stab wounds to the torso. His 19-year-old brother was also stabbed in the torso, the NYPD said.

According to the police, the fatal stabbing occurred around 1:50 a.m. in Chinatown when the victims got involved in an altercation outside Live Axe, an axe-throwing venue at 96 Lafayette St. An axe was not used in the incident, sources claim. It is unclear what sparked the argument.

Both victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital for medical aid. 17-year-old Rocco Rodden was in critical condition. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he succumbed to his injuries and died. His older brother was in stable condition and survived, police said.

The law enforcement authorities taped off part of the block to collect evidence. An investigation is underway to learn more about the circumstances which led to the deadly stabbing. No arrests were made on Thursday.

The Police asked for Public Assistance

The Police have appealed to the public to support Law enforcement and provide information regarding the incident. Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).Spanish-speaking callers can contact us at 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

You can also submit a tip on the NYPD’s website,, by downloading the NYPD Crime Stopper mobile app or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

The Community Mourns

The community has come together to mourn the 17-year-old victim whose life was cut short by the violent crime. He had his whole life ahead of him, full of aspirations and dreams. The Rodden family has suffered a huge loss, and the community has offered overwhelming support for them as they navigate through this challenging time. His older brother, though fortunate enough to survive the attack, has to mourn his younger brother, who lost his life to a senseless altercation that could have been avoided.
The incident is a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of exercising caution when faced with altercations. We should all resolve our differences peacefully and settle our disputes amicably.


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