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Southeast Fresno Stabbing is City's First Homicide

Police suspect Jessica Wills, 23, of stabbing a 31-year-old Anaheim man in the chest during a fight early News Year's Day.

Fresno police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year.

Police suspect 23-year-old Jessica Wills of Fresno of stabbing her friend, a 31-year-old man who was visiting from Anaheim.

Just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to the area of E. Shields and Fowler avenues in front of the Villa del Sol Condos and found the man with a fatal stab wound to the chest.

"There was crime scene tape everywhere. Stuff like that. There's still blood spatters in a couple places in there," said Jonathan Woodley, who lives nearby.

This homicide is a shock to some neighbors, like Eva Weaver, who said the neighborhood is typically quiet.

"I know we've seen some things go down at the end of the street. This one was kind of too close to home," Weaver said.

She and her husband stayed up to ring in the new year then went to sleep. They woke up Wednesday morning to see Shields Avenue blocked off as a crime scene.

"It's a sad way to start things," said James Weaver. "We've been here over nine years, and it's a very quiet area," Eva Weaver added.

Before the fatal stabbing, the people in the group had been drinking during the New Year's Eve celebration, police said. A fight then broke out and turned violent.

While police investigate this case, some neighbors said it's a sad way to begin a new year.

"It's just a sign of the times. It happens, and it's going to continue to happen," said David Stocker.

The Fresno County Coroner's Office has not identified the victim.

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