Headlines August 10, 2021
Here are some of the top stories we’re following for Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Damian Giletto, Wochit
Nearly 12 hours after a 37-year-old man was stabbed to death in Wilmington’s Brandywine Village early Tuesday morning, blood spatter remained on the sidewalk and in the street.
A single evidence marker, bearing the letter B, lay in the 200 block of W. 19th St. near the blood. Neighbors said Wilmington Fire Department personnel had sprayed down the area with water earlier in the day, though obvious remnants of the violence remained.
Aside from the blood spatter, a single piece of crime scene tape rested near a planter close to where the stabbing occurred. The street, home to families and couples, was otherwise largely quiet Tuesday.
Police have released little information about the stabbing, saying only that the man, whom they have not yet identified, died at a local hospital after being found in the street just before 1:45 a.m. They have not said whether they have any suspects.
Several neighbors told Delaware Online/The News Journal they heard what sounded like a car door slam and people talking just after 1:30 a.m., but didn’t initially think much of it.
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One woman, who did not give her name, said she looked outside to check on the commotion and saw the victim lying bloody in the middle of the road. She told her husband to call 911.
As her husband called 911, someone who was driving down the street stopped and saw the man, she said. That person also called 911, according to several neighbors.
Police tried to resuscitate the man when they arrived, residents said.
Neighbors said though they never heard arguing – the voices they heard didn’t seem agitated, they said – they believe the altercation moved from one side of the street to the other, based on where they found their lawn decorations.
Tuesday afternoon, a nearly full pack of cigarettes rested on the sidewalk directly across the street from where the blood remained. Broken pieces of glass lawn decorations could be seen nearby.
Residents said they were shaken by the incident, saying the street is typically a safe area. Recently, however, the violence has been creeping into their neighborhood.
“You don’t see that kind of stuff around here, so it was just a shock,” said the woman who did not give her name. “Especially looking in the street and seeing someone down with blood coming from them. It was like, ‘Oh my gosh.'”
The stabbing comes following a bloody weekend in Wilmington, which saw five people shot, one fatally, between Friday and Sunday.
Police have not made any arrests in connection with those shootings.
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