Francisco Barbosa, 23, was trying to help a woman who was being beaten and slammed onto the hood of a dark car by a Hispanic male around 2 a.m., witnesses told police. When Barbosa managed to separate the couple, another man stepped out of the car, a late 1990s Volvo station wagon, and stabbed him in the upper torso, police said.
The assailant was described as a Hispanic male in his 40s who was stocky with a pronounced belly. After the stabbing, the Volvo drove off. The two Hispanic men and the woman being assaulted appeared to be in the vehicle at the time, police said.
The stabbing happened at 573 Arctic St., just a stone's throw away from the New Era Sports Cafe and from Barbosa's home on Pembroke Street. Barbosa was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was the city's 10th homicide victim this year.
Hours after the stabbing, a group of six people were sitting outside the house where Barbosa lived. A woman and man, who looked to be in their 20s, identified themselves as Barbosa's cousins but were too overcome with emotion to speak.
Another woman and man, who declined to give their names, said they had not slept all night. The woman, a redhead, kept crying out, "Oh my God, my little brother is gone." She was sitting on the steps of the home, one leg on either side of the man sitting in front of her. The man, one of Barbosa's cousins, was crying.
Two younger men were standing near the fence in front of the multi-family house and appeared sullen and shocked. When asked if they were related to Barbosa, one of the young men said, in a soft voice, "We were all family."
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