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O’Shae Sibley, 28, was fashionably listening to Beyoncé when a group of men told him to stop, New York Times reported.
Following the news of his death, Beyoncé’s website paid tribute to Sibley, who was a professional dancer, sharing the words “Rest in Power O’Shae Sibley” across the website.
On Saturday night, Sibley played the “Break My Soul” singer. Renaissance album and dancing at a Brooklyn gas station with friends when the men approached them and hurled expletives, his friends told the NYT. After Sibley confronted them, an argument escalated and one of the men stabbed him, according to police. Sibley was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Sibley and Otis Pena, one of Sibley’s best friends, allegedly told the men that there is “nothing wrong with being gay.”
Hours after his death, Pena shared a video to Facebook. “They murdered him because he’s gay, because he stood up for his friends,” Pena said. “His name was O’Shae and you all killed him.”
“O’Shae was just a beacon of light that just affected everybody,” added Pena, who called O’Shae his brother. “We may be gay, but we exist. We’re not going to live in fear. We’re not going to live in hiding.”
“Heartbroken and outraged to hear of the death of O’Shae Sibley this weekend in New York. Despite the best efforts of homophobes, gay joy is not a crime,” said Senator Brad Hoylman-Signal of New York, who is gay. wrote on social media Monday. “Hate-driven attacks are.”
Police said the hate crime unit was involved in the investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.