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UPDATE: Police release name of stabbing victim

UPDATE – La Crosse Police have released the name of the man killed in a stabbing incident early Wednesday morning.

No arrests have been made yet.

Police said in a statement that Virgil R. Stewart, 42, of La Crosse, died after a confrontation with two other people around 2 a.m. in the 600 block of 7th Street South.

Initial reports show Stewart had a fight with Anquin St. Junious and Annette L. Thompson. St. Junious and Thompson were trying to leave in a taxi when Stewart approached and began arguing. It escalated into a fight inside the taxi. Police said this was when Stewart was stabbed. After that, he got out of the taxi, got into another vehicle, and went to Gundersen Health System.

About 2:49 a.m., Stewart was pronounced dead due to his injuries.

Police investigators are still trying to determine what led to the argument and stabbing. All they would say is their early information showed it may be related to previous incidents between Stewart and St. Junious.

Police cite the intoxication level of both Stewart and St. Junious at the time of the stabbing.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police are working with the La Crosse County District Attorney regarding potential charges.


St. Junious, according to online jail records, is held without bond in the La Crosse County Jail on a probation violation.


La Crosse, WI (WXOW)- A man is dead after a stabbing near downtown La Crosse.

Police believe it happened overnight, somewhere along the 600 block of South 7th Street. La Crosse Police Chief Ronald Tischer said in a statement that a call was made just after 2:00 Wednesday morning alerting authorities that a man had been stabbed.

The caller told police that the man had been taken to Gundersen Health System. Police say a short time after the man arrived he was pronounced dead.

Police call this is an active investigation. Crime scene tape can been seen in the area of the 600 block of South 7th Street and authorities say some streets will remain closed.

A statement from Chief Tischer said that additional information would likely be available later Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

Andrea Albers

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