Stabbing victim's friends speak out
A verbal argument turned deadly in the Village of Walton Saturday. Some in the community are still reeling from the stabbing death of a 20-year-old village resident. Our Carmen Perez spoke with the victim's friends about what they call a senseless act.
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WALTON, N.Y. -- It is something no one in the quiet village of Walton expected.
"How could something like this happen?" asked Frank Mastrorocco, a friend of the victim.
Lejuan Wainwright, 20. Has been charged with second degree murder after police say he stabbed another 20-year-old man to death at 48 Mead Street Saturday night.
"I heard him yelling. He said, 'help me G, he stabbed me.' All I did was get on top of him and stop the bleeding and I mean it was minutes," Mastorocco said.
Minutes was all it took for Frank Mastrorocco to lose one of his best friends. And other friends of the victim say it was all over senseless words.
"Somebody's life is not worth an argument to me. Life is priceless," said Tia Franchi.
Friends say Wainwright was new to their circle of friends. People knew him, but they say never fully trusted him.
"I feel very betrayed by him. I never thought in a million years he would do something like this to me or my family or any other community residents," Franchi said.
And now left with a void, friends of the victim say Wainwright, who is from Florida, had a known violent history.
"Because of this man, I have to live with that memory for the rest of my life," Franchi said.
"It is not right. My friend deserves justice," Mastorocco said.
Justice for a friend who they say did not deserve the violent end to his young life.
Police have not released the name of the victim.
Wainwright is set to appear in the Village of Walton court on Wednesday.