A 16-year-old teen boy from New York died last Friday after being chased by a group of youths over a long distance. The teens chasing the boy were waving a gun and shouting racial slurs at the boy, saying they intended to kill him.

Dayshen McKenzie was found by former police officer Diane Fatigati after he collapsed in the street. Fatigati used CPR on McKenzie but was unable to revive the teen.

McKenzie normally had an inhaler with him but had left it behind on the day of his death.

Fatigati is convinced that what occurred was murder, as well as a hate crime.

“To me, it’s murder. They were chasing him — that’s a crime. You’re hunting them because they’re black … You’re calling them a n****r. Oh, yeah. To me, it’s a hate crime.”

Thanks to Fatigati’s quick response and witnessing, police have re-opened the investigation to see whether race was an element, making the crime an official hate crime.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com