According to NBC Philadelphia, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a deadly stabbing that occurred at the CURE Insurance Arena located at 81 Hamilton Ave, Trenton, NJ 08611.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, February 16, 2023, in the concourse area of the arena at the conclusion of the Mercer County Tournament boys basketball final between Trenton High School and Notre Dame. A 23-year-old man was stabbed multiple times and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.m.
Investigators have not yet revealed what caused the stabbing or identified any possible suspects. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported, and no players were present at the time of the incident.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is actively investigating the incident and is asking anyone with information to contact them. No arrests have been made at this time.
Who Is Liable for a Stabbing During a Sports Event?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents stabbings victims in the state of New Jersey. As an experienced stabbing victim attorney, he helps victims or their surviving families determine liability to file civil lawsuits to recover financial compensation. Brian recently discussed who could be liable for a fatal stabbing during a sports event at an arena.
"Property owners, including sports arenas, have a legal duty to provide security to reduce the risk of dangerous incidents such as stabbings. This duty is based on the legal principle of “duty of care,” which requires property owners to use reasonable care to protect visitors from foreseeable harm. This often includes security cameras, ample security personnel, and bag checks at each entry. When security measures are inadequate, and a crime such as a stabbing occurs, victims or their surviving family members may have the legal right to seek justice through a civil lawsuit against the negligent property owner."
"In such cases, the victims or their families must prove that the property owner failed to exercise reasonable care to protect visitors' safety. This could include evidence that the property owner did not provide adequate security, such as metal detectors and security guards. If the property owner is found to be negligent, the victims or their families may be entitled to compensation for their losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress."
"It is important to note that to hold a property owner accountable, the victims or their families must be able to prove that the property owner failed to exercise a reasonable level of care to protect visitors from foreseeable harm. With the help of an experienced attorney, victims can identify all parties accountable and gather the evidence needed to file a civil lawsuit."