YouTube bodybuilder, who violently stabbed his Tinder date, dies suddenly when responding cops tase him repeatedly
Erich Stelzer repeatedly stabbed his 24-year-old Tinder date Maegan Tapley before responding officers tased him repeatedly leading to his death
A 25-year-old Massachusetts bodybuilder, who was found violently stabbing a woman he met on Tinder at his mother's house, died late on Thursday after he was tased multiple times by responding officers.
According to Cohasset police, popular YouTube personality Erich Stelzer was found repeatedly slashing his date in the face with a knife when officers responded to his residence around 10 pm. The girl has now been identified as 24-year-old veterinary assistant Maegan Tapley, Daily Mail reports.
Peggie Krippendorf, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney, said in a statement: "In an effort to rescue the victim and disarm Stelzer, Cohasset police officers used tasers to subdue Stelzer." Soon after the tasing, Stelzer became unresponsive and stopped breathing as he was rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, police said that the stabbing victim, who was treated for severe injuries, may lose her eye.
Susan Tapley, her mother, said in a statement to NBC Boston that her daughter will recover from the horrifying attack. "She's going to mend, she's going to be alright... it's going to take time to recover. She'll need plastic surgery and an eye specialist," she said.
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Speaking to WBZ-TV, a source claimed that at the time of the domestic violence incident, Stelzer was either in an "altered mental state" or suffering a "possible mental health issue". Fred Siegel, a neighbor, told the local outlet: "It’s unfortunate. You never want to see anybody get hurt and you certainly don’t want to see someone die over something. It’s unfortunate that it happened and who knows why it happened."
While it is yet to be understood what exactly led to the violent altercation, the pair allegedly recently linked up on the popular dating app, Tinder. Stelzer was an intimidating figure — standing tall at 6'8" and weighing nearly 300lbs. On the other hand, Tapley appears to be rather petite.
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Harry Stelzer, the bodybuilder's devastated father, shared the tragic news on his Facebook on Friday. "I received some real bad news last night. My youngest child Erich Stelzer died last night. There was a violent confrontation at his house last nite. Police came and tased him 4 times. 4 times," he wrote. "He died on the way to the hospital. 25 years old. He was my life. This is not over. Let me bury my dead and then the show begins. Rest In Peace my son. Love you forever. I am hurting."
Sharing a childhood photo of his late son, Harry added: "My son. Killed by cops. Here comes the cover-up."
Further investigation is underway as the District Attorney's office tries to establish a possible motive behind the stabbing.