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42-year-old fatally stabbed in La Crosse during fight in taxi

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La Crosse Police speak with a woman in an alley near the scene of a fatal stabbing on 7th Street

A 42-year-old La Crosse man has been identified as the victim of a fatal stabbing that occurred in a taxicab.

La Crosse’s police said Virgil Stewart was stabbed in the chest around 2 a.m. Wednesday, after he approached a taxi outside a house on 607 South 7th Street.

Two people, Anquin St. Junious and Annette Thompson, were getting into the taxi when Stewart arrived on the scene.

An argument began inside the cab and Stewart was stabbed.

Stewart then drove a private car to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour after the attack.

St. Junious is being held without bond in the La Crosse County jail, for a probation violation.

He and Thompson were interviewed by police, and the district attorney is considering charges.

Investigators say the fight may be related to previous incidents, and both men may have been drinking before the stabbing.

On the scene around 7 a.m., one woman said she was called to the neighborhood because her brother-in-law had died.

Another woman pleaded with police to take her to see her husband.

The block where the stabbing occurred was closed off for several hours, while the investigation continues.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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