Police ID victim of deadly Providence stabbing


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Providence have identified the victim of a deadly stabbing as they continue to look for the person responsible.

Cory Vargas, 31, was suffering from an apparent knife wound when he was dropped off in front of the Atwells Avenue fire station around 4 p.m. Thursday, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Police believe he was stabbed in the area of Swiss Street.

No suspects have been named and no arrests have been announced.

Major David Lapatin said the driver who brought Vargas to the fire station is cooperating with the investigation.

It was the city’s twelfth homicide of the year and second deadly stabbing in just over a week, after a 19-year-old man was killed at the Providence Place mall last Thursday morning.

As police continue to investigate, community groups plan to come together Friday evening to call for an end to the violence and bring awareness to the city’s numerous unsolved cases.

Among those cases is that of Esscence Christal, who was caught in a deadly crossfire on Broad Street back in November 2011.

“It’s devastating. It was a very painful experience. It still is,” her mother, Diana Garlington, said Friday.

“We’re going to be experiencing this violence the rest of our lives because it never goes away,” she added.

At a time where the funding of police departments has been up for debate both locally and nationwide, she offered her own take on the matter.

“In order to fight the gun violence, as I said, we need some of our officials step up and maybe place more police officers on the force,” Darlington suggested.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Southside Cultural Center on Broad Street.

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