DAILYKENN.com -- Robert J. Wheeler, 23, was stabbed 22 times in his Lackawanna, New York home.
The victim was sleeping when attacked by an intruder.
Arrested and charged with second-degree murder is Christian D. Gillie, 20.
The victim was white. The alleged attacker is black.
The victim, Robert J. Wheeler, 23, was asleep in a bedroom with his 4-year-old nephew when Gillie allegedly broke into the house. Gillie went upstairs and found Wheeler in the bedroom, stabbing him repeatedly.Please report typos...
Gillie fled and Wheeler went to his mother’s bedroom, to tell her he had been stabbed.
Leisa Raditic Wheeler, Wheeler’s mother, had slept through the commotion because the air-conditioning was running, said Sandra Kamiski, a friend of the family.
“Once she saw what was happening she pushed him down to a chair, put pressure on his wounds and ran to call 911,” Kaminski said. “She was with him when the firefighters arrived.”
Lackawanna police on Tuesday found Gillie with the knife and injured behind Global Concepts Charter High School, Kaminski said.
Gillie was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and placed under arrest a short time later. He was arraigned Wednesday in the hospital, said Capt. Robert Janowski.
Wheeler’s sister, Amanda Wheeler, is the mother of the 4-year old and also lives at the Johnson Street home. She was not at home at the time of the attack.
Neighbors said Amanda Wheeler was often seen outside playing and walking with her young son.
“She’s out all the time with him,” said one woman, who asked not to be identified. “She is a good mother.”
Neighbors identified the murder suspect as the little boy’s uncle. They believe Wheeler may have been shielding the young child from the knife attack.
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