It’s a sad day whenever someone dies, and perhaps even sadder when it’s a child who was murdered. Nine-year-old Anthony Maldonado was stabbed and slashed at several times by 25-year-old Alejandro Morales, apparently over a squabble while they were playing Tony Hawk: Ride, late on New Years day in Harlem, New York.
The boy died from his injuries within the hour of the stabbing at the hospital. Morales had a history of violent behavior and a rap sheet. According to the police, Anthony’s injuries lead them to believe that he struggled with his attacker and tried to defend himself.
All of this happened at Anthony’s uncle’s apartment, whom he was visiting during the holiday. His uncle went to sleep and left the three Morales brothers, his roommates, in charge of the boy. They were playing the PS3 Anthony was given for Christmas when two of the brothers left the apartment for food around 3AM, leaving the 25-year-old and 9-year-old alone. The stabbing was reported to happen around 3:30AM.
Quotes from the family include them saying the boy was murdered over the video game, and that’s partially true. I have to take into consideration Morales’ past with the law, a turbulent past. He was already an unstable individual according to state, so this could have happened over almost anything. It’s unfortunate and (utterly, undeniably) horrible that it happened to an innocent 9-year-old and over his PS3.