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Dubuque neighborhood holds vigil for stabbing victim

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Family, friends and neighbors gathered at 395 16th Street in Dubuque Monday night for a candlelight vigil held for stabbing victim 24-year-old Jamaris West.

On Monday morning, just after 11:00 a.m. police say four people were stabbed.  Three victims were transported to Mercy and Finley hospitals.  West's mother says he died at Mercy hospital.

Neighbors say a fight over a girl lead to the deadly stabbing that started on the 1600 block of Washington Street and moved around the neighborhood.

Witnesses say West ended up in the backyard of 395 16th Street where he collapsed against trash cans in the yard.  They say emergency responders came to the scene and took him in an ambulance.

Around 100 people attended the 8:00 p.m. vigil for West.  They placed dozens of teddy bears on the ground, hung signs, and put candles in the shape of "RIP".  The vigil included prayers and people yelling to stop violence in the neighborhood.

West's mother, Lorease Williams, said he loved listening to rap music and playing video games.  She describes him as a "kind, loving person".  She says he is not violent and would help anyone who needed it. 

Williams said West was engaged to a woman he'd been dating for four years.  He had a brother, sister, two stepbrothers, two nieces, and two nephews.

Williams said West broke up a fight involving his cousin and another man and his girlfriend on Sunday night.  She says the stabbing Monday was in "retaliation" for the fight.

Police blocked off the street during the vigil.  They continued to heavily patrol the area.

Police are not confirming any victim names.

Two people are in the Dubuque County Jail in connection with the stabbing.  18-year old Jerel Wright, of Dubuque, is charged with attempted murder, and 20-year-old Joseph Wright, of Chicago, is charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.

Police say more charges and arrests could be forthcoming.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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