14-year-old stabbed on bus by man claiming to have killed Martin Luther King Jr.

DDOTAn irate man insisting he had killed Martin Luther King Jr. stabbed a 14-year-old boy who was riding the DDOT bus home from school Wednesday evening.

The teen, who was stabbed in the chest and bleeding heavily, was in critical condition at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.

Police and witnesses said an irate passenger, who was black, began taunting a white passenger about race issues. At one point, the increasingly incensed suspect claimed he had killed the civil rights icon, triggering an argument with the teenager, who happened to attend Martin Luther King High School.

The argument spilled onto the street after the bus stopped at Dexter Avenue and Lawrence. Witnesses said the teen punched the man in the nose in self-defense and quickly retreated to the bus when the suspect pulled out a knife.

The teen, whose identity was not released, was then stabbed.

The suspect took off and remained on the loose as of this morning.

MLK was killed by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • Gregory Watson

    Bob Conneley, don’t forget the original Black-on-White portion of the altercation. Alone, by itself, it, too, would have attracted “…little, if any, attention”. Prayers and praise to the young man who intervened.

  • Bob Connely

    Okay, where are Jesse and Al? Where is Hussein saying something silly like, “This could be my son.” Amazes me that black-on-black assaults/murders attract little, if any, attention. Is it because they happen in The D? Prayers for the lad who bravely stepped up, instead of cowering like the Sheeple we’ve almost all become.

  • nitrodrip

    That same guy is on the bus at least three times a week. He pulls out a huge knife to cut fruit. I used the bus to go to WSU and then found it far to violent.

  • Dust Buster

    where will the no justice no peace crowd be making their protest and demands? anyone?

    • Marc Wigle