Abel Cedeno Speaks Out After Murdering His Alleged Bully
Abel Cedeno, the student who fatally stabbed his alleged bully in class on Wednesday, is remorseful and says he “just snapped.”
The 18-year-old spoke with New York Daily News from Rikers Island, where he is currently being held without bail and is on suicide watch.
“I guess I just snapped. I didn’t mean to kill him,” he confessed.
Via NY Daily News:
Cedeno, speaking Friday at the jail where he was held without bail and under a suicide watch, insisted he was the victim of anti-gay bullying long before lashing out at Matthew McRee, 15, and Ariane Laboy, 16.
“They bully me because I’m different,” said Cedeno, 18, who was charged with murder in the Wednesday morning attack inside a Bronx high school classroom. “I’m not like the other guys. My voice is higher.”
The soft-spoken suspect conversed in an emotionless tone about the verbal and occasionally physical abuse inflicted on him since middle school over his sexuality.
Fellow students slurred him as a “f—-t,” while angrier classmates slammed Cedeno into hallway lockers, he said.
Family friends claim Cedeno was the target of ethnic and anti-gay slurs since the school year began three weeks ago. But police said neither of the youths stabbed Wednesday had any prior beef with Cedeno.
“I will hold their memory in my heart,” Cedeno said of McRee, who died shortly after the stabbing, and Laboy, who remained hospitalized.
Cedeno, who identifies as bisexual, wore a gray jumpsuit as he answered questions about the first slaying inside a city school since 1993.
At one point, he removed his glasses and wiped at his eyes.
The accused killer said he was unsure if the stabbing incident really happened after he walked into the school principal’s office and surrendered the knife.
“I was having a panic attack,” he said.
Cedeno, who brought the switchblade online about two weeks prior to the bloody school stabbing spree, insisted that he made the purchase “to protect myself.”
He was arrested after stabbing McRee and Laboy during a history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in East Tremont, cops said.
Cedeno recounted a somewhat rootless life, bouncing between homes and a shelter in Queens and the Bronx and attending at least seven different schools over the years.
This was his fifth year at the “Zoo School,” where he was repeating the 12th grade.
Though classes only started on Sept. 7, Cedeno estimated he had already missed 10 days. His father is also battling lung cancer, and his mom remains trapped in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.
So very sad.