Downtown Fatal Stabbing Just Beginning of Neighborhood's Problem - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Downtown Fatal Stabbing Just Beginning of Neighborhood's Problems

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's now been more than 24 hours since a fatal stabbing left a man dead at the corner of Third and Howard in Downtown Spokane. Police still have not released the victims name, but the suspect, David Fagundes is in jail tonight, charged with murder. As it turns out this part of town is no stranger to crime, with nearly 200 assaults in the last year alone.

When a KHQ Local News crew was at this corner on Monday morning they watched a woman leave a nearby grocery store without paying and breaking a window on her way out. But that problem seems small compared to what happened Sunday morning.

Just when Ed Poblete thought he had seen it all, a Sunday morning stabbing at this very corner left this church custodian with no choice but to watch a man struggle through his final seconds of life. Within minutes the man was dead, and now flowers are all that remain at the scene of the crime just one day later.

"I don't know the young man, I just feel like I have a connection to him," Poblete said.

But even in the midst of all the problems Poblete sees around this place, there's good, too. It just so happens the good comes right across the street from the scene of the crime .

Inside the Central United Methodist Church, on the other corner of third and Howard, Pyper Duncan serves meals everyday, for all who enter.

"It's a feeding place, but it feeds more than just stomachs. It feeds minds, it's inspirational, a place of trust," Duncan said. "These people know when they come in this building there's somebody that cares about them, that trusts that everything is safe in here."

Because outside it's very clear that trouble travels everywhere. With little money, security systems cannot be the solution in this neighborhood. So they'll start with a meal, and who knows, that may just make for a better tomorrow.

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