17-year-old fatally stabbed in Queens: police

Posted at 10:45 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 22:46:15-05

JAMAICA, Queens — A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death in Queens Friday night, according to authorities.

Police said Talasia Cuffie was found lying on a sidewalk in front of 116-24 166th St. shortly before 10 p.m. Friday with multiple stab wounds to her abdomen.

Cuffie was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made. The investigation remains ongoing.

The stabbing happened just outside of Annaline Merwe's home. Her heart goes out to the victim's family.

"It's sad because my son is 18," Merwe said.

Sources tell PIX11 Cuffie was close with 14-year-old Aamir Griffin, who was struck and killed by a stray bullet on a basketball court back in October in Jamaica, Queens.

There is still a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Griffin's killer.

Police have not released any description of the person who fatally stabbed Cuffie.

Merwe is upset her surveillance system wasn't working Friday night. She believes other cameras may have caught something and is hopeful anyone with information about who murdered this young girl will contact police.

"She's so young. It's just so sad what happened, so if somebody knows something they should say something," she said.

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