PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A funeral was held in Philadelphia for O’Shae Sibley, who was fatally stabbed after he confronted teenagers who taunted his group of gay, Black friends as they danced at a New York City gas station. Friends of the slain 28-year-old celebrated his life on Tuesday at a historic opera house in the city where Sibley grew up and performed before moving to New York to pursue his career as a dancer. Sibley’s friend Otis Pena called Sibley “a beacon of light.” Brooklyn prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old high school student with hate-motivated murder in Sibley’s death.
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