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UPDATE: Charges filed in South Bend fatal stabbing

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A 29-year-old man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in Friday morning's stabbing death in South Bend.

Brian McNeill is currently behind bars at the St. Joseph County Jail. His bond was set at $1,000,000 Corporate surety or $100,000 cash.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has identified the victim as 27-year-old Matthew Mitchell.

Friends and family gathered outside the home where he was murdered Friday night for a vigil.  They shed tears, said prayers and left flowers on the side of the house.

Just across the street in the Monroe Park Apartments, Tikea McMillan said she's worried about the recent violence in the city.  "South Bend, it just seems like it's becoming worse."

She says the early morning stabbing happened feet from her front door.  "It's just scary knowing at night while you're sleeping that so much crime and violence is just that close to you."

Right now, she's worried about the violence affecting her family.  "I have a teenage brother," she says. "I have younger brothers, and I got my own kids, and it definitely concerns me."

All thoughts that were echoed by another neighbor right after the stabbing took place Friday morning.  Brandy Taylor said, "I'm shocked. I'm loss for words. I don't even know what to say. It's just so close to home. I just feel like that being so close it's gonna be hard to go to sleep tonight."

Both women want the violence to stop.  A message that was shared by those grieving at the vigil.

At the vigil Mitchell's sister announced that his funeral will be held next Saturday.

Metro Homicide said they were called to investigate the murder around 3:00 a.m. Friday on the 500 block of S. Rush St. near Lincolnway.  According to documents, when officers arrived, they found a woman standing on the porch pleading for police to help him.  Officers entered the home and found Mitchell lying on the floor suffering from a stab wound to his torso.

Following an autopsy Friday, a forensic pathologist determined Mitchell died of trauma and blood loss associated with a stabbing. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

Documents state that witnesses told Metro Homicide that Mitchell and McNeill got into an argument, and McNeill pulled out a knife, stabbing Mitchell.  McNeill then fled the home.

McNeill was booked into the St. Joseph County jail Friday night.

 

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