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Young dad killed in movie theater had people ‘after him’
His life ended as the final credits rolled.
A Yonkers man was fatally stabbed early Saturday in the lobby of the movie theater where he worked, police said.
The 19-year-old victim, who had just started working at the Showcase Cinema De Lux multiplex in Ridge Hill, was arguing with another man at 12:44 a.m. when the encounter turned violent.
The killer then whipped out a knife and stabbed the worker in the chest, according to Yonkers cops.
A relative identified the dead man as Daij Thomas, adding that Thomas had been attacked two weeks ago but survived. “He had a disagreement with a group of people. We don’t know over what, but we knew they were after him. If we would’ve known who or over what we would’ve tried to help him,” said brother-in-law Landon Tucker-Brown, 28.
Thomas worked two jobs at the mall and was trying to get an apartment for himself, his girlfriend and their young son.
“He was a good kid and he was finally getting his life together,” Tucker-Brown said.
The bloody encounter unfolded as the theater’s late-night showings were wrapping up. Video of emergency responders working to save Thomas in the lobby was posted online.
Thomas was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville.
The slay suspect was described as 6-feet tall and thin.
Those who said on social media they knew the victim paid him tribute.
Tia Thomas updated her Facebook cover photo with a picture of her slain boyfriend with angel wings, noting, “Life cut short, Spirit Lives Forever, Rest Easy Young King.”
The post said Thomas began working at the theater on Wednesday and “now he’s gone.”