WEST PALM BEACH — A 15-year-old boy was breathless and frantic on a 911 call after stabbing his younger brother in the chest with a kitchen knife in an argument over loud music, according to recordings released Friday.
“He’s lying in the bedroom, please,” William Gorzynski says on the call.
“I have help coming to you, just take a deep breath,” the dispatcher tells him.
“I’m going to go help him, can I please just go help him?” Gorzynski replies.
Gorzynski remained held in juvenile custody on Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder in the Monday afternoon death of 14-year-old Matthew Gorzynski.
“He’s breathing but barely,” Gorzynski tells the 911 dispatcher.
“Is he bleeding a lot?” the dispatcher asks.
“Yeah, a pretty good amount,” Gorzynski says, his voice breaking. “Oh my God.”
According to police in Coral Springs, about 45 miles north of Miami, Matthew was playing music on a home computer. William was watching television nearby and complained the volume was too loud. He told him to turn it down. Matthew refused. The two yelled at each other, then fought.
Then William went to the kitchen, grabbed a 7-inch knife and stabbed his brother in the upper left chest, Sgt. Joe McHugh said.
Authorities redacted portions of the 911 call they say is a confession and will be used as evidence.
“Obviously, he tells us exactly what he did,” McHugh said Friday.
The boy’s attorney has not responded to repeated attempts for comment from The Associated Press, but has told local news outlets the stabbing was self defense.
Family members have also declined to comment. The boys lived in a tidy suburban South Florida neighborhood with their brother, Timothy, 19, and their single father, Thomas. They were home alone at the time of the stabbing.
The Florida Department of Children and Families opened a case briefly on the family in 2004 after receiving a report that the father hit one of his sons and grabbed the boy’s neck, according to an investigative summary provided to AP by the agency this week.
“Thomas was upset because clothes were left on the floor,” the investigator wrote in the report.
The case was soon closed because the boy denied the allegations, DCF said Friday.
“After a complete investigation and no visible physical injuries, two of the allegations were not verified,” said DCF spokeswoman Elisa Cramer. “The investigation was ultimately closed with some indicators of domestic violence. The family refused referrals for services.”
Associated Press Writer Lisa Orkin contributed to this report from Miami.