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Teen Stabbed Outside Party on Branch Street

A 17-year-old male was stabbed outside of the party around midnight Sunday morning.

A 17-year-old Malden student was stabbed repeatedly in a chaotic scene outside of the early Sunday morning.

Police declined to identify the minor who was stabbed, but said he sustained non life-threatening injuries in the altercation. No arrests have been made and the incident is still under investigation.

According to police, the incident occurred at the corner of Branch and Salem street, between the Salemwood and around midnight Sunday, Saint Patrick’s Day evening. 

“Upon arrival, one of the officers described at least a hundred kids walking down Branch and Salem streets,” said Malden Police Lt. Marc Gatcomb.

The kids were in the area for a party of some type in the temple’s hall. The space can only hold 150 people, and many of the kids were apparently barred entry, leaving an unhappy crowd to hang out outside.

The details of the incident are unclear at this time, but the stabbing took place once the event was over and the crowd inside met the throng waiting outside. Malden police are still investigating the incident. Officers are combing through confusing and conflicting eyewitness accounts.

No detail officer at the party

There was no detail officer present at the party, even though city ordinance requires one for parties with more than 50 people and parties of any number when alcohol is present, said Gatcomb.

A call to Whidden Memorial Hospital was not immediately returned, nor was a call to Temple Tifereth. The party in question was not a temple-sponsored event; the facility’s reception hall was rented for the evening.

Brian Triber March 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Diana, when you hire a function hall, you are responsible for also hiring the staff and any other support personnel, including a police detail. I think the major point that's being missed is that the stabber is responsible for the stabbing. Laying blame on the temple does little but create a chilling effect on our community. A Jewish temple opened its doors to what was believed to be a Haitian church group. That's a big deal when it comes to relations in a culturally and religiously diverse community. But laying blame at the feet of the temple when they weren't the ones who committed the crime is no better than scapegoating them. Every legal contract (like the one signed between the temple and the event organizer) is different, and unless the temple was in violation of a contract, which they authored and no doubt have used dozens of times before, then the "blame" lies elsewhere. But finger pointing just makes folks sound vindictive. Let the police handle the investigation.
Diana March 20, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Brian, that hasn't been my experience at all, my experience is that you hire a function hall and they provide those things. Of course, I've not hired this particular space, and as you mentioned all contracts are different (have you seen the contract in question, by the way?) That said, I am NOT blaming the temple for the stabbing, only for situation inside, which was in violation of city laws. Also, you really need to drop the religious angle, which is a couple of county lines away from the point. My feelings would be exactly the same if this happened at St. Joseph's or the VFW or Anthony's.
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Brian are you in touch with reality.
Brian Triber March 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Resubmission to correct my error: Diana, I have hired theaters and church halls for rehearsals, productions, private events - the whole gamut. My experience has always been that the producer of the event - even in Boston - is responsible for hiring a detail if needed. Once again, the effect of laying blame on the temple is chilling - it means that they'll be less likely to open their doors to anyone in the future. No one was hurt inside at the party. No one was drinking. And I can't in all good conscience drop the religious angle on this, because while it wasn't what may have been intended, to someone brought up Jewish it stirs up a lot of PTSD. Even though unintended, the argument is easily perceived that way.
DannyBoy March 20, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Brian, if the outcome of the police investigation finds that the temple is also at fault and broke the law, will you drop this religious angle and stop accusing people of being anti-semitic?
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Brian your the only one here that keeps bringing up a religous angle. This has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with liability. I'm sorry but it starts with the Temple unfortunately, to the renter, and obviously to the person that stabbed the victim.
Michael Genzale March 20, 2012 at 07:06 PM
It's the temples fault. Should have looked into it more. Is that racist that I think like that? No, who owns the building? Who did not look into the group they rented out to?
zzz March 20, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The renter stated that they represented a group that has previously rented the hall on a number of occasions (the Hatian Church). No reason to believe that this time was any different
Michael Genzale March 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Did the same contact come in for the rental or a teenager?
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
The Haitian Church that rented the hall is on Main St. at the corner of Spring St. I believe. If this is true? That Church is plenty big enough for a supposed "sweet 16" party. And on that note. What sweet sixteen party do you know of that as less then fifty people attending, family and friends combined? City by-laws say over fifty people, you need a police detail. The Temple seeing as they routinely rent there hall out to outside orginazations, should no the city law and make sure that a detail is in place for a function over fifty. Period.
Brian Triber March 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Greg, are you just being a troll?
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Brian, seems like the only troll here is you. You live under a rock or something?
Diana March 20, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Until it became very evident that it was different. Were there no employees of the function hall in attendance? It seems like someone should have noticed that the event had wildly surpassed the 50 person limit.
Brian Triber March 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Yeah, that's a healthy way to have a conversation on an open forum. SHOUT AT PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU DON'T AGREE WITH THEM. Tell them they're not in touch with reality or they live under a rock. Grow up and have a conversation, not a name-calling contest.
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Brian you started the name calling contest and the racist angle in this conversation not me. What you seem to have a problem with is blame and responsibility go deeper than you want it to. ether you like it or not? The Temple, the renter, and the person who did the stabbing are all responsible here. Juat as a bar / club and the bartender are responsible for over serving a drunk driver that has killed someone.
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Diana, thank you. Employees of the hall should have done something once they noticed the size of the crowd assembling. Like call the police. Also. Who was watching the door? According to multiple sources. You had to pay to get in. But I guess that wasn't a RED FLAG? Doesn't sound like a sweet sixteen party I've ever been to. Unless you count asking your friends and relatives to all make something to eat so you don't have to have it catered.
Brian Triber March 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Greg, nowhere did I "start the racist angle". In fact, until you just mentioned it, racism was never brought up. I brought up anti-semitism in Malden, something which I have personally experienced growing up here. I'm not going to sit around silently and be told my point of view has no validity just because you don't want to hear it. I'm living in a very solid reality of growing up Jewish in Malden. And I've seen Jewish temples attacked in the media for less. So you need to back it up. You're way off base. Your reality obviously doesn't intersect with mine, and that's why an open forum like this is valuable - to share views, opinions, feelings. But I won't silently be insulted by a bully.
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Call it what you want Brian. Religion has got nothing to do with this. Period. I'm Catholic and have seen my church's attacked also. I have the up most respect for Jewish people, as I do for all people. As long as they act responsibly.
DannyBoy March 20, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Brian, anti-semitism can be construed as a form of racism. Putting aside this philosophical discussion, you shouldn't blindly label anyone as being anti-semitic for placing the blame or part of the blame on the synagogue for its perceived role in this stabbing incident. If the police investigation turns up that the temple has some responsibility in this matter, will you stop with this anti-semitic talk?
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Danny. Thank you. It has absolutely nothing to do with your religion or the color of your skin. It has to do with responsibility, and responsibility has multiple layers.
Brian Triber March 20, 2012 at 08:16 PM
DannyBoy, one small correction. I haven't engaged in "anti-semitic talk." I've been exploring antisemitism in Malden and its relationship to this event. If the temple is found to be wrong, I'll admit that the investigation was neutral and appropriate and that the temple should pay whatever reparations that are deemed necessary. However, jumping to the conclusion that the temple was responsible when the follow-up article _clearly_ states that the people who rented it misrepresented the event and the number of people who showed, and that they had rented the space before without a detail or incident, is laying blame on another victim of the event - the temple.
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Brian you need to check yourself and back up thru comments. You are absolutely the one that brought up the religion aspect. Just out of curiousity? What do you do for the youth of the city of Malden?
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Brian. At the end of the day. The city law on private functions over fifty people requires a detail officer, and the Temple being an active rental facility they should know that. There needs to be some responsibility on their part.
DannyBoy March 20, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Brian, I am not jumping to any conclusions about the temple, until all the facts come out and the outcome of the police investigation. All I know from reading Patch is that the organizer lied to the temple about the nature of the event and that a young man was stabbed in the aftermath, after the party let out. And you should respectfully not jump to conclusions about anyone posting about this article.
Matthew March 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Oh and Brian lets not forget that a 17 year old kid got stabbed here. A 17 year old kid that was captain of the Malden High School basketball team. Not a 17 year old kid roaming the streets looking to rob someone for their cell phone, or I-Pod, or sneakers, or whatever they think they can take for themselves, or out there dealing drugs or stealing cars. But you know what? The scumb bag that stabbed him probably was one of them? But like you said. There are only one or two of those types in this city. Take your blinders off. Theres a lot more than one or two bad apples in this city. And it has nothing to do with race or religion.
Brian Triber March 21, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Oh, and Greg, by revealing the identity of the student in an open forum, you;ve just disrespected the intent of the Malden Police Department and the boy's family by keeping his identity anonymous. With the information you just gave, anyone can look up his identity. Perhaps you ought to consider removing your comment?
Matthew March 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Brian. My information came from a much bigger forum than this. Facebook. So a lot of people know who the victim is. Which the MPD does not have to divulge if it does not want to. The family has requested no visitors yes, but their son is hardly anonymous. There have been plenty of friends that have tried to visit him. The problem is the "secret" on who the suspect is. There were way to many people at this party inside and out. No way nobody saw nothing, and know's nothing. Other than a couple of people that the police may have talked to that night.
Matthew March 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I'm just curious Brian. Do you have a scanner? If so? Did you listen to this incident like I did, and some others here on this forum?
Brian Triber March 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Greg, do you know what "false authority syndrome" is? Having a police scanner does not make you an expert. Neither does reading Facebook. Maybe you ought to consider the victim's anonymity first instead of spreading information that may or may not be true. Reading about the incident is good. It keeps us informed. But the full information on the incident hasn't been released. Speculation does a great disservice to the privacy and safety of the victim, and the outcome of the legal case. If you really care as much as you claim to, you'll let the matter drop.
Aaron Prestley March 22, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Greg should worry about his own kid instead of pretending to be part of the Superhuman League of Malden.

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