Teen turns himself in, charged with murder in stabbing of 17-year-old in Midwood

Wanted: Police are searching for three people connected to a fatal Midwood stabbing that took place on April 29.
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Cops charged a 17-year-old with murder in the fatal stabbing of a teenager in Midwood, according to police, who also arrested the suspect’s mother and charged her with obstructing the investigation.

The accused killer, David Lopez, turned himself into authorities on Tuesday afternoon in the company of a lawyer, and was charged on Wednesday morning, according to authorities.

Lopez is accused of stabbing 17-year-old Rohan Burke to death at approximately 4 p.m. on April 29, near the corner of Avenue M and E. 17th Street.

Paramedics rushed Burke, a student at Lafayette High School, to Maimonides Hospital in critical condition, where doctors pronounced him dead shortly after 1 a.m. the next morning, according to cops.

Lopez’s mother, 38-year-old Barbra Halloza, was charged with tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution, cops told this paper.

Police say further arrests are possible, as the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information in regards to the identity of the two men is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 5:17 pm, May 1, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

A.R. from Midwood says:
" Burke, a student at nearby Lafayette High School, " - E. R. Murrow is the 'nearby high school', fyi.
April 30, 2019, 4:02 pm
HiHa from Midwood says:
I think the point is that he didn't attend Murrow. Lafayette isn't in another boro by the way.
May 1, 2019, 1:53 pm

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