Carl Ducasse, 17, went to corner store for milkshake, waylaid on his way back by two homeless men, giving a $2 to the homeless man who demanded more
Aspiring attorney, who would have graduated high school graduation this month, stabbed to death after telling the robbers he had no money
Suspect still on the run
A Bronx , NY teen was fatally stabbed after an attempted sidewalk robbery turned into a fight once the victim insisted he was broke, a police source said Saturday.
Carl Ducasse, 17, an aspiring attorney set to graduate high school this month, was knifed multiple times in his chest late Friday by a killer who is yet to be arrested.
Grieving mother, Angela Ducasse holds up aphoto of her son Carl
The mom of a Bronx teen fatally stabbed on the street late Friday says she has a “big, big hole in my heart.”
“My baby, my baby, my son,” cried Angela Ducasse, 42, when a Post reporter visited her home Saturday. Ducasse was consoled by family and friends, most of whom also had tears in their eyes.
Carl Ducasse, 17, went out with a friend late Friday night to buy a milkshake, his mom said.
Two men who had been sitting on the steps of a nearby homeless shelter followed Carl and his friend to the store and back. One asked Carl if he had any money. He answered that he did not, said sources. After apparently giving a $2 handout , the homeless man wanted more. Then, Carl’s mother said, he dropped his phone and bent over to pick it up.
First responders arrive on the scene to take Carl tohospital where he later died of the stab wounds
According to cops, Ducasse after announcing he had no money, started scuffling with the suspect. Then a knife-wielding man then joined the brawl, fatally stabbing Ducasse before both suspects fled. Cops were looking for a teen from another borough in connection with the killing
Angela Ducasse said “And just like that – they stabbed my son,” she said. “My son was born here and he died here.”
Carl’s friend alerted his family.
Angela Ducasse’s husband Carlos, who works in a nearby bodega, rode in the ambulance to St. Barnabas Hospital.
“He said my son was moving, he was restless. He took the oxygen tank off his face.”
She rushed to the hospital herself. “He had a little hole on the left side of his chest. He was bleeding.” She spoke to her son by his nickname, Pappo. “I said, ‘Pappo, wake up’…His eyes were white…I knew it was bad.”
She had brought a T-shirt and sandals with her to the hospital, so her son would have some clean things to put on before he came home.
“Then I realized he wasn’t coming home.”
“He was a good son. He was a good boy. He never gave me any trouble. He was never in trouble. He never wanted to go out. I would tell him get out of the bed, go out. He was just a normal teenager.”
“My son was taken away from me too soon. That’s not fair. Whoever did this caught a lot of pain and my family. There is a big, big hole in my heart right now.”
The Grieving mother comforted by friends
The Ducasses live on Walton Avenue in Mount Hope. Carl was stabbed at East 175th Street and Walton Avenue, about a block from home.
The attacker and his accomplice are still at large. They fled the death scene without having
taken anything from the teen, police said.
Carl wanted to be a lawyer, said his mother, He was looking forward to prom and his high school graduation later this month.
“He had his cap and gown ready. He was supposed to go and get his graduation pictures taken next week. Now he can’t go,” his mom said.
She noted that the last thing they shared was a meal they prepared together Friday night. Angela Ducasse cooked yellow rice and fried chicken, and Carl made the salad and the dressing.
“He hugged me and said I want to learn to cook like you. I want to cook for my girlfriend,” Ducasse remembered. “He hugged me and said that was his best dinner. That was the last meal we had together.”
Carl’s mom spoke fondly about how her son “would climb into bed and ask her to massage his head” and recalled how he was excited about learning to drive and someday going to law school.
“He had a lot of dreams…I am going to miss him a lot. I’m never going to see him become a lawyer, get married. I’m never going to see him have children — all the things I wanted to see.”