UPDATE/CORRECTION (4:25PM): Friends of the victim have contacted New Brunswick Today to inform us that she was a transgender woman named Eyricka. The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office press release on which the following article is based referred to the deceased as a man named Evan. We regret the error.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Eyricka Morgan, a 26-year-old city resident, was killed in a stabbing Tuesday night in a rooming house located at 180 Baldwin Street in the city's Second Ward.
Police first learned of the stabbing shortly before 8:20 pm. The officers who responded asked emergency medical personnel to hurry up as the victim was "bleeding from the neck, very bad," according to police radio transmissions.
Morgan was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9 pm.
Investigators caught a big break in the case just over ten minutes after the crime was first reported, when a Hale Street resident called police to let them know someone threw a bloody knife over a fence and into their backyard.
The street on the other side of the fence? Baldwin Street.
Detective Kenneth Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Jose Rodriguez of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office led an investigation that yeilded an arrest the following morning.
At 9:45 am, just over twelve hours after the stabbing, authorities arrested 21-year-old Devonte Scott at an undisclosed location. Scott, a city resident, is currently being held on $1 million bail at the Middlesex County Jail in North Brunswick.
It is the city's third homicide and the second fatal stabbing reported this year. In July, a man was fatally stabbed on Suydam Street and a suspect was arrested promptly the following morning.
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