A high school football player was fatally stabbed outside a bar in Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning, leading to the arrest of a 19-year-old man.
Gianluca Bordone has been taken into custody and formally charged on Wednesday for the tragic death of Rocco Rodden, a 17-year-old teenager, as confirmed by the New York Police Department in a recent news release. Authorities have filed manslaughter and assault charges against Bordone in connection with the incident.
At around 1:50 a.m. on Thursday, the police received a 911 call reporting a male being stabbed at 96 Lafayette Street. Upon arrival, the officers discovered a 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man with stab wounds to their torsos.
Tragically, the young victim, who was just 17 years old, was transported to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. On a slightly more hopeful note, the 19-year-old involved in the incident is currently in stable condition.
According to the New York Post, the altercation took place following a night of drinking outside an axe-throwing bar.
According to the Post, Bordone’s lawyer stated that the situation was “far more complicated” than what the prosecutors had claimed.
According to the paper, attorney Warren Quaid highlighted the chaos and mayhem that unfolded during the incident, which was not discussed or captured on surveillance video. He emphasized that his client was subjected to repeated pummeling in the midst of the chaotic scene.
Expressing shock and grief, he expressed his disbelief at the cold-blooded murder. He took to social media to share his sentiments, stating that life will never be the same without him.
Rodden, a student at Saint Joseph Regional High School, tragically passed away. The devastating news was shared by the school through a heartfelt message on Facebook.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you about the tragic loss of one of our own, Rocco Rodden,” the message conveyed with a heavy heart. “Rocco, a junior at SJR, departed from us in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rocco’s family and friends as they navigate through this immensely challenging period.”
According to NJ.com, Rodden had played as an offensive lineman during his time at the school.
Dan Marangi, a former coach, took to Instagram to pay tribute.
“I can’t find the words to express the shock and sadness I feel right now. Just last week, we were laughing, smiling, and discussing our plans for the future,” he expressed. “He was so full of life. May he find peace. Cherish your loved ones and treasure every moment. Rest in peace, Rocco.”
The St. Joe’s community is in a state of shock, according to Reggie Sainte Rose, the Athletic Director at St. Joseph.
“We’re all in a state of shock,” he expressed with a heavy heart. “This morning, we gathered the boys from the football team for a prayer service and a moment of reflection. It was important for us to come together and support each other during this challenging time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now. It’s an incredibly difficult period.”