BELLE ROSE, La. Louis Myles said he felt helpless as he watched his grandson gasp for breath in the street after he was stabbed Thursday evening in Belle Rose.
'He was laying flat on his face,' Louis Myles said. 'I shook him and said 'E, say something' over and over.'Eric Myles Jr., 15, died at Assumption Community Hospital later that night.Terrance Dupaty, 15, confessed to the stabbing and is charged with second-degree murder, police said. Police would not release Dupaty's name because he is a minor, but his mother released it Friday.The stabbing has shaken the small Dorseyville community. Eric Myles and Dupaty were fighting on Dorseyville Lane Dupaty's street off La. 308, Assumption sheriff's deputies said. As the fight heated up, Dupaty pulled out a butcher knife and stabbed Myles.The 15-year-olds were neighbors and friends; both attended Assumption High School. Relatives from both families said they don't know what the fight was about. Some of Myles' family members said the boys were distant relatives but were unsure how they were related.'If he ever got into anything, he would never say anything,' said Lequitta Johnson, an aunt who lived with Eric Myles.Detectives learned that over the past couple of weeks, the boys had developed a strained relationship and had fought in the neighborhood, according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.Louis Myles, 73, said he thought Eric was in the house Thursday when a boy showed up at the door and told him his grandson was lying in a nearby street. Louis said he arrived before the ambulance.Police estimate the stabbing happened at 6 p.m. Doctors later told family members that the stab wound in Eric Myles' side was so severe that even if he had arrived at the hospital immediately after the stabbing, he would not have survived, Johnson said.Assumption Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the wounded teen was pronounced dead immediately after he arrived at the hospital.'He was in pretty bad shape when he left the scene,' he said.Police said they found the murder weapon, a kitchen-grade butcher knife, at Dupaty's house.District Attorney Ricky Babin said he has not made a decision on whether to try Dupaty as an adult. Dupaty will be in court Monday to determine whether he will stay in juvenile jail, and prosecutors have 30 days after that to make a decision.Eric Myles Jr. lived with his father, Eric Myles Sr., and other relatives at Louis Myles' house. His father left town to find work in Texas earlier Thursday.Eric Myles Sr. was catching a bus home and had not arrived by Friday evening, his sister Lequitta Johnson said.Before he left for Texas, he had argued with his son for refusing to follow his school's dress code, Johnson said. But he later sent a text to his son apologizing for the spat.'He texted him and said he loved him,' Johnson said. 'He said he was fussing at him not to be mean but because he wanted him to do right and wanted him to stay in school.'Eric Myles Jr. liked to play basketball, like his father, and liked playing video games.'People say if you just walk away from a fight, you'll live another day,' Johnson said. 'I wish he would've just walked away.'Conwiser Dupaty, Terrance's mother, and Lequitta Johnson hugged when they saw each other for the first time after the stabbing Friday morning. They spoke only briefly, and Johnson left Dupaty's house within minutes.'I'm sorry that it happened to the kid,' Conwiser Dupaty said in an interview afterward. 'My son is praying for the family, and we are praying for the family.'Assumption deputies said Conwiser Dupaty called them minutes after the first 911 call about the stabbing. Authorities said she told them she was on the way to her house because she just got off the phone with her son, who told her he had just stabbed someone.Staff Writer Eric Heisig contributed to this report. Staff Writer Katie Urbaszewski can be reached at 448-7617 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @LafourcheCrime.