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We all know that drinking games and intoxication can lead to arguments or fights. Unfortunately, a deadly mix of beer pong and stabbing can also lead to murder. After a beer pong argument, William Walker, 21, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was killed by a fellow party-goer.
Walker was a volunteer firefighter. He had also worked as a medic in Atlantic City, and had dreams of becoming a professional firefighter, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Naqeebullah Habibi, 19, is accused of the fatal stabbing. The two were attending a party when the argument over the game of beer pong occurred, the Inquirer reports.
At first, the two men seemed to have stopped arguing without any violence. However, as they left the party, another argument erupted, leading to a fist fight. Walker was then stabbed in the chest by Habibi.
Habibi is now being charged with Walker's murder, and is being held on a $750,000 bail, reports the AP. It seems astounding that one night of drunken gaming could lead to one man's death, and another man in jail. Beer pong in itself seems fairly innocent, as it's a popular game played at many parties.
But, Habibi's actions have definitely landed him some serious consequences. A firefighter lost his life. While Habibi was probably intoxicated at the time, it probably won't lead to a full defense against a murder charge.
After all, Habibi voluntarily imbibed the alcohol. Voluntary intoxication can sometimes be a mitigating factor in a murder charge, such as allowing for a reduced sentence. But, voluntary intoxication can also be an aggravated charge, creating a harsher sentence. It all depends on the facts of the case.
A beer pong argument leading up to a beer pong stabbing. It all seems so tragic, and avoidable.