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Several Stabbed At Nassau Coliseum Rap Concert

September 11, 1988

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ At least 10 people were stabbed, one fatally, when violence erupted at a rap concert Saturday inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, police said.

Three of the stabbing victims were critically injured and two teen-agers were hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said.

It was unclear what led to the stabbings shortly before 9 p.m. or if they were related, said Nassau County police spokesman Richard Scibilia.

There also were reports of several robberies and shots fired in the arena’s vicinity, said Detective Edward Sventoraitis. Police were planning to make arrests Sunday, Sventoraitis said.

Some of the stabbing victims were taken to two nearby hospitals, police said.

Julio Fuentes, 19, was stabbed in the heart and died at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, shortly after he arrived at the Nassau County Medical Center, said the center’s spokesman, Ed Smith.

Three other victims were listed in critical condition, Smith said. They were: Rodney Williams, 22, Dave Johnson, 17, and Greg Donaldson, 28. Two teen- age boys were hospitalized in stable condition with multiple stab wounds at Hampstead General Hospital, said acting administrator Marilyn Hurley.

The violence came during a festival by six rap groups at the coliseum on New York’s Long Island.

The groups scheduled to perform in the ″Jam ’88″ show included Eric B. and Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew, Big Daddy Kane, Boogie Down Productions and Biz Markie.