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Friends say Murray woman, stabbed to death, had stepped in to defend a mother and child from racial slurs

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MURRAY, Utah (ABC4) – A woman is dead and a juvenile is in custody after a stabbing in Murray.

Murray Police responded to a stabbing in a parking lot near Brick Oven Way.

They say a woman, 34-year-old Melissa Wood, suffered fatal stab wounds during a confrontation with a 16-year-old.

“She came out because a 16-year-old was saying racial slurs to a mom and her kids. And she came out to defend them,” said Bryan Morielli, a neighbor.

“Now she’s gone. She tried to do the right thing and this is what happened . She lost her life because of it. It’s horrible,” added Morielli.

Investigators were able to locate the teenager and take him into custody. He has since been booked into Juvenile Detention and the investigation remains ongoing.

This is the second deadly incident to happen in Murray this week.

On Wednesday, 39-year-old Darnell Brown was allegedly shot and killed by 42-year-old Patrick Brown following an argument over a vehicle.

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