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Glens Falls stabbing leaves man dead

June 09, 2018 07:44 PM

GLENS FALLS – A curbside memorial on Union Street marks the spot where several young lives were wasted on Friday night.

When 31-year-old Charles Werner was stabbed in the chest, his life ended. And if 19-year-olds Nicholas Hamel and Skylar Phillips are convicted of manslaughter, they're likely to spend a great deal of their lives behind bars.

“That's the times we're living in. School shootings. Children are killing children,” said Maggie Martindale.

Martindale lives at 7 Union Street. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, she saw the victim, Charles Werner, running past her house, and a kid on a bike in close pursuit.

“He tackled the guy right where the memorial is and they both went flying off the bike and they were in the grass and it looked like they were just fighting,” Martindale said.

That's when Martindale and others moved in to break up the fight.

“I didn't realize it until we got over there and there was so much blood,” Martindale said. “I never saw so much blood.”

That's when she realized the man lying on the ground had been stabbed.

“And the kid upstairs says, ‘Oh, there was a knife,’ and I looked, and there was a Rambo knife. Rambo would have been proud to have that knife. Why do kids need to have a knife like that?" Martindale wondered.

At about the same time, Angelique Rigney ran out of her house.

“I saw my husband trying to resuscitate him, waiting for EMS to get here,” she said.

For Rigney, it was an experience that may haunt her for many years to come.

“I couldn't sleep last night. All I saw was his eyes looking at me before he passed,” she said.

And then Martindale got an even better look of one of the attackers.

“The kid who did the stabbing goes right over, picks it up, wipes it all off and tries to hand it to me and I said, ‘No, I'm not touching that knife,’” she said.

Several of the individuals involved are well-known to local police because of prior run-ins with the law, especially related to drugs which would make what happened a recurrence of previous activity. Police say it was a drug deal gone bad.

“A lot of these young kids are all into drugs, and they're wacko,” Martindale said.

“The kids are just out of control these days. It's pretty sad,” Rigney said. “I don't know if there is [an answer.]

One man died on Union Street on Friday night. But several young lives were wasted.

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