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Fatal stabbing near 9th and Spring Streets in Grafton

GRAFTON -- A Grafton man was found stabbed to death inside his home Friday, May 3. Police say it's the first homicide to happen in the village in almost four decades.

Officials say officers responded to the corner of 9th and Spring Streets around 2:30 a.m. Friday for a welfare check. At the location, officers located an 18-year-old female subject -- and got medical assistance for her. Officials say that woman is from California and appears to have been in Grafton to meet or stay with a male subject.

Officers also found a deceased 34-year-old male inside the home. Officials say he appeared to have been stabbed numerous times.

Fatal stabbing near 9th and Spring Streets in Grafton

"Scary. It's scary," said Jean Klas, lives nearby.

Fatal stabbing near 9th and Spring Streets in Grafton

The incident is difficult for neighbors to digest.

"To be honest, I don't think it's sunk in yet," said Klas. "This doesn't happen in Grafton, especially this close to home."

Jean Klas has called the area home for 46 years.

"I hadn't heard homicide until recently. I talked to my son and he said he had heard it," said Klas.

Grafton police say this is the first homicide in the village since 1982.

Fatal stabbing near 9th and Spring Streets in Grafton

Investigators say there is no danger to the community at this time.

The Crime Lab, State Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Wisconsin State Patrol (Crime Scene Mapping Unit) are assisting the Grafton Police Department with their investigation.

Fatal stabbing near 9th and Spring Streets in Grafton

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