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Community gathers for vigil in Hartford after deadly stabbing

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Fatal stabbing reported on Albany Avenue in Hartford. (WFSB) Fatal stabbing reported on Albany Avenue in Hartford. (WFSB)

A 45-year-old man is dead after a stabbing in Hartford’s north end on Wednesday afternoon. 

The fatal stabbing was reported on Albany Avenue near the intersection of Baltimore Street around 12:30 p.m.

A nearby driver rushed him to the hospital. Police said the victim had multiple stab wounds to his upper body.

"When he got there he was unconscious suffering from multiple stab wounds to the torso and the neck," said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

The doctors at Saint Francis Hospital pronounced the victim dead just minutes after he arrived.

On Monday afternoon, police identified the victim as Joseph Lindsey, of Hartford.

Monday night, dozens of people gathered for a vigil held for the victims of violence. This is the city's 30th homicide of the year.

"If you have a million cops on the street there's no way you can stop the killing," said Trevor Small, an anti-violence advocate.

Reverend Henry Brown has been holding vigils for the victims of violence, but after 30 homicides just this year, he said he's getting tired, but he won't give up.

"I'm never gonna get depressed because I know what it takes. If the people would just do what they have to do to help in the community," Brown said.

 This is the first time the city has hit 30 homicides since 2009, when there were 33 murders in the capital city. Brown said he knows the vigils alone won't solve Hartford's violence epidemic but he hopes more people will do whatever they can to help.

"Nobody is going to come in and save these people unless they want to save themselves," Brown said.

The vigil was held on Monday evening at the Hartford City Hall atrium.

On Monday, Richard Holloway became the city's 29th homicide victim, and his grandmother said she hopes the world remembers him as so much more. Holloway served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, but came home to Hartford.

Police are trying to find out who committed the crime, and they hope the location and time of the incident will help them solve it.

"It's a busy street. (It happened) during the day, in a highly populated area, so we will certainly be scouring for witnesses and video evidence. Criminals are becoming bold and brazen and they lack compassion," Foley said.

Raymond Hamilton grew up in Hartford and his 86-year-old mother still lives in the neighborhood. He said "It's almost like we've become numb to it and we've lost our way to hang on to whatever decency they still have in them and share it with others."

While the vigil was happening in Hartford on Monday evening, police responded to a shooting on Burton Street. A 25-year-old man was shot in the leg and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes is investigating the stabbing. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000 or by clicking here

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