Elderly man accused of stabbing 21-year-old to death

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An elderly grandfather killed his granddaugh­ter’s boyfriend when the couple got into a fight in his Bushwick home, police said.

Nicholas Diaz, 81, allegedly stabbed 21-year-old Kevin Rivera in the chest at the elderly man’s home on Broadway between Van Buren and Greene streets at 2:17 am on Sunday morning.

Police said the younger man was fighting with his girlfriend when Diaz intervened and stabbed Rivera with a knife. The girlfriend called emergency personnel, who took Rivera to Woodhull Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Police charged Diaz with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. He has not yet been arraigned and a judge has not set bail in the case. It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer yet.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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