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Fatal Springfield Stabbing

Updated: Thursday, July 24 2014, 03:23 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield family is mourning a loss after a deadly stabbing in downtown Springfield Sunday night.

Springfield police say James Goins was stabbed in the chest and later died at Memorial Hospital. Springfield police say two suspects remain at large.

"I don't know who did it. Why they did it? But why take his life?," said Goins' sister, Janet Elder.

Unanswered questions remain as Elder mourns the loss of her brother. James Michael Goins, 59, was fatally stabbed Sunday night in a parking lot behind Club Station House.

Police say two suspects left Goins for dead as they stole his car and sped away.

"He is a human being and why do that for money? You took his car, fine take the car, take the money, but don't kill somebody," said Elder.

Goins was not only a brother, he was an uncle and stepfather from a family of eight.

"Everybody else is suffering because of this tragic loss," said Elder.

But despite the sadness, Elder reflects on times of happiness.

"Only fault he had was he was a Cubs fan and we're Cardinal fans. We joke with him about it. He had a heart of gold. I don't know why anybody would do this to him," said Elder.

That's the question police are still trying to answer. It's one of the busiest parts of town, but police say the two black male suspects remain on the loose.

Neighbors are now greeted by bloodstains on their doorstep.

"I saw a bunch of ambulances and then I looked down, and it was like right there, and then I seen them give him CPR," said neighbor Steven Randall.

Randall says it was a chaotic scene, but his heart remains with the family of Goins.

"You never know what can happen in this world, so just take it one day at a time," said Randall.

Neighbors in the area believe this stabbing could have been prevented. They say this parking lot is very dark at night and they have been asking the city for more lights for years.

Family members tell us there will be a celebration of the life of James Goins. It takes place this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Aqua Sports Club in Springfield.

In the meantime, Springfield Police are asking anyone with information about the deadly stabbing to call their office at 788-8345 or Crimestoppers at 788-8427.

Fatal Springfield Stabbing


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