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Old Town Alexandria Stabbing: One Dead, Suspect In Custody

Posted on Sep 15,2017
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By Emily Leayman

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Two victims and the suspect were hospitalized in a Thursday morning stabbing in Old Town Alexandria, police say. The incident in the 900 block of North Henry Street happened around 1:27 a.m., according to emergency dispatch reports, and witnesses say the suspect and victims knew each other.

Officers arrived on scene to find two victims that were stabbed. Dasheria Barksdale, a 30, of Alexandria, was transported to the hospital where she died from her injuries. A male victim, 27, also of Alexandria, remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Dispatch reports indicated the scene was secure as of 1:42 a.m. and the suspect was apprehended. The suspect, a 23-year-old Alexandria resident, was taken into custody and to the hospital after turning the knife on himself. He remains in critical condition. Charges are dependent on if or when the suspect becomes conscious.

Shakiylah Edwards, a friend and witness, told NBC Washington Barksdale was the suspect's girlfriend and was trying to leave him. She tried, but he came back to her apartment with a knife and stabbed her. Edwards and her brother, the other victim, tried to stop him to avail. "I was trying to pull her out, but every time I pulled, he would stab. So, I just had to leave her," Edwards told the news station.

Police have not confirmed a potential motive. This marks the fourth homicide in the city this year. Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information should call Detective Loren King at 703.746.6689.

Source Patch



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