DANBURY — Police have arrested three additional suspects in the death of 21-year-old Willy Placencia, who was stabbed multiple times at the city’s skate park two weeks ago.

“Through the continuing efforts of the General Investigations Division over the past few days, three more local males were arrested for their involvement with the killing,” Danbury Police Sgt. Adam Marcus said Tuesday.

Nykeem Hawkins, 18, of Danbury, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit manslaughter, second-degree assault, first- and second-degree conspiracy to commit assault and second-degree breach of peace.

Kenaas Council, 19, of Danbury, and a 15-year-old from Danbury were arrested three days later.

Council is charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit assault and breach of peace. The teen is facing first- and second-degree conspiracy to commit assault and breach of peace charges.

All three were taken into custody without incident, police said.

The arrests stem from an ongoing police investigation into the March 18 fatal stabbing at the Danbury City Center Skate Park.

Police responded to a reported fight at the Patriot Drive skatepark that evening and found Placencia with multiple stab wounds. He was later pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital.

Placencia’s girlfriend and the mother of his unborn child, Silainy Rodriguez, said she believes the fight stemmed from a “bullying” problem between two groups that started a few years ago.

Rodriguez said she believes her boyfriend was targeted because one group associated him with the other.

“We’ve lost the most helpful, uplifting, hardworking, loyal, honest and loving human being I’ve ever met in my life,” she said.

Placencia is remembered by loved ones as a loving and supportive person with a passion for skateboarding.

In addition to his girlfriend and unborn daughter, Placencia leaves behind his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Two individuals were arrested last week in connection with his death — a 16-year-old boy and 20-year-old James Lema-Zaruma, both of Danbury.

The 16-year-old was charged with first-degree manslaughter, first-degree conspiracy to commit manslaughter, first-degree assault, first- and second-degree conspiracy to commit assault, and breach of peace.

Lema-Zaruma was charged with first-degree criminal liability to commit assault and held on $10,000 bond.

Police said the two teens arrested were remanded to custody.

Hawkins and Council are being held on $100,000 and $10,000 bond, respectively, pending release or arraignment. They are both scheduled to appear at state Superior Court in Waterbury on May 13.

“As this continues to be an ongoing and active investigation, court documents related to the case remain temporarily sealed,” police said.

History of arrests

Court records show that the three adults arrested have a history of arrests.

Hawkins was arrested in December and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He is also facing third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit assault, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny charges stemming from a December 2019 incident in Danbury, as well as a breach of peace charge from November.

Council is facing a first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree breach of peace charges from February, as well as sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny and third-degree assault and conspiracy to commit assault charges from December.

Lema-Zaruma pleaded guilty last year to a first-degree reckless endangerment charge stemming from a September 2018 incident in Danbury, according to court records.

Police are still investigating the fatal stabbing of Placencia and are asking anyone with information to call Danbury Police Department’s detective division at 203-797-4662, or the Anonymous TIPS Line at 203-790-8477.