NJ teen who killed neighbor instigated fight to be ‘TikTok famous’: lawyer

A New Jersey teenager who stabbed to death a corrections officer neighbor had deliberately instigated the fatal fight — hoping it would make him “TikTok famous,” according to lawyers of the dead man’s family.

Zachary Latham had just turned 18 when he stabbed to death William “Timmy” Durham Sr., 51, who had been with his wife and two sons when they confronted the teen in May over an ongoing feud, prosecutors said.

Latham — a private in the New Jersey National Guard — insisted he only grabbed a four-inch bladed knife as well as a Taser to protect himself from a mob attack in his home in Vineland, according to NJ.com.

But the Durhams’ attorneys claim he deliberately lured them there to film it for social media infamy — following a series of earlier video confrontations, including one that got more than 3 million views, the report said.

The teen’s wife, Sarah, recorded the deadly fight “because it was her and Latham’s intent to post these videos to TikTok and become ‘TikTok famous,’” the lawyers told prosecutors in a letter, according to NJ.com.

Durham Sr. — an officer at South Woods State Prison — died after being tased and stabbed multiple times in the filmed fight, the report said.

His family’s lawyers are now seeking Latham’s aggravated manslaughter and assault charges be upgraded to first-degree murder, NJ.com said.

“If Latham was in fear for his or Sarah’s safety, they both would have retreated inside, called police and stayed there,” the lawyers, Diane Ruberton and Robert Simons, reportedly wrote of the deadly fight.

“They did not because their intent was to lure the Durhams there, attack them and record it for TikTok,” they insisted.

In April, he filmed himself being confronted by Durham’s wife, Catherine, over his driving — getting 3.1 million views as he repeatedly called her “Karen.”

In another, Durham’s son William, 21, appears to try to open his car door as he drives past — with Latham warning, “I got a knife, dude,” the lawyers noted in their letter. “Karen’s son found out the video went viral and tried taking me out of the car😂” he captioned that video.

Karen hates my car😂#levelup #CookieWithACause #karen #foryoupage#fyp

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