Gangbangers Stab Deaf Man, Sign Language Was Mistaken for Gang Signs

While celebrating with a group of deaf friends at the Ocean’s Eleven lounge in Hallendale Beach, Fla., Alfred Stewart, 31, communicated by using sign language. But after Barbara Lee confused Stewart’s sign language with a gang sign, the 45-year-old woman became infuriated and confronted Stewart.

According to the NY Daily News, Lee left the bar and later returned with two younger gang members in tow. Her crew approached Stewart, and 19-year-old Marco Ibanez began stabbing the deaf man and his friends.

Stewart was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Lee and Ibanez were arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Senseless gang violence continues to damage the lives of innocent people. It’s also become a problem that has affected several generations. The fact that there is a 45-year-old female gang banger proves that the lifestyle is a cultural mentality that needs to be eradicated. –a.r.


A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

14 Comments
  1. I’m earning my Associates degree in Interpreting and translation. I have many deaf friends, and I’m sure they would be offended by your use of the word mute. Why not just say “deaf friends” because they are deaf and proud of their culture? I think the black community needs to educate itself about the Deaf community.

    1. Why, all of a sudden, would a deaf person be offended by the term “mute”, which has been used to describe people who can’t hear/speak for eons?

    2. Ok this statement ‘I think the black community needs to educate itself about the Deaf community” does not make sense. You are talking to ONE person…who does not represent the black community as a whole.

  2. Ignorance at its finest. There are so many things wrong with this, from the 45 year old gangbanger to the fact that a peaceful night of fun cannot be had because of some idiots that want to rep their hoods. It’s a Damn shame and these are the trash that are giving a face to black America in the news. It must be stopped. No matter the progress we make people like this will continue to hold us back as a culture and that is unacceptable!

  3. This is a sad case of events! What lies within the human spirit? This was a senseless act whether she 45 or 14, it doesnt matter! People, please, get it together! Praying for the deaf gentleman and his friends.

  4. @ Allowery. They are not black! We do enough horrendous stuff as it is. Don’t put stuff on us that’s NOT us!!! This is such a sad story.

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