A Brooklyn man was stabbed to death while walking home with his brother after the two got fresh haircuts to look nice for Christmas dinner, devastated relatives said Thursday.
Victim Tyler Nichols, 21, and his 24-year-old brother Shayne were just two blocks from their Kensington home when they were jumped in an unprovoked attack about 7:55 p.m. Wednesday, cops said.
Shayne said they were walking near Coney Island Ave. and Turner Place when some people in a parked car started staring them down.
“I looked in the car, and then two kids came out,” Shayne said. “They asked us what we were looking at. Then they just started fighting us.”
The odds quickly turned against the two brothers.
“It happened fast,” Shayne said. “We were just fighting. It was over nothing. They came up to us and started trying to tussle. We defended ourselves. Then five other people came and we started getting jumped. All I remember is them saying, ‘Let’s go, we out.’
“I looked at my brother, I said, ‘Let’s go.’ He wasn’t comprehending what I was saying to him. He said, ‘I think I got stabbed.’ And he just dropped to the ground.”
Shayne said he tried to get his brother home, but he couldn’t make it.
“I picked him up,” Shayne said. “I told him we’re right here by the house. I told him we got to make it home. I tried to get him home, I picked him up again and he dropped again. He just wasn’t responsive.”
Medics soon arrived and took Tyler to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved. Police have made no arrests in the case.
“I’ve never seen them in my life,” Shayne said of the attackers. “I don’t know them. Nothing ever happens in this neighborhood. It’s my first fight in the whole 20 years I’ve lived here.”
The brothers were getting spruced up in preparation for a holiday celebration.
“We were getting a haircut for Christmas,” Shayne said. “That’s the reason why we went to the barber shop in the first place. He doesn’t even usually go to the barber shop. He does his own shape up. He cuts his own hair.”
Shayne said they were planning to celebrate a friend’s Christmas Eve birthday. They talked about either getting a hotel room in Manhattan or just hanging out in the city.
“We did everything together,” Shayne said. “Everything.”
Their mother, Sherma Chambers, said Tyler had become a homebody during the pandemic.
“He was my baby,” Chambers said. “He was the most loving son you could ever have. All he did was stay in the house and play video games. The only time he went outside was to walk his dog. Right now we can’t even calm the dog down because he knows something’s wrong…We always take out family pictures on Christmas day and just be together. He told me my gift was on its way.”
Tyler’s oldest brother, Shomari Nichols, 29, said Tyler had just graduated from trade school in Manhattan earlier this year and planned to start a career as an electrician. Shomari is also an electrician.
“We played a lot of video games together,” Shomari said. “I started skateboarding, and my younger brothers took it up and got way better than me. We lived life, we grew up here. It was great.”
Source: NY Daily News