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West Valley City police investigating homicide after man stabbed multiple times

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Jul 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-12 17:33:02-04

WEST VALLEY CITY -- A party in West Valley City led to a fight, gun shots and a deadly stabbing Saturday morning.

Urcino Fidenzo, 20, was stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the hospital according to Lt. Lamonte Cox of the West Valley City Police Department.

So far, no arrests have been made and police have no suspects or persons of interest.

It all took place at the Aspen Valley Townhomes on 1500 West 2300 South around 2:15 a.m. Saturday.

Police were called to the scene on reports of a fight and gunshots.

“Just watching some TV and I hear a loud bang, you know, and at first I’m like that’s a gunshot but then I think to myself, ‘no, it’s not a gunshot, it’s around Fourth of July people are still lighting off fireworks,’” said neighbor Conner Haguewood.

Haguewood’s first instinct was correct.

According to police, a number of gunshots were fired during a party, consisting of about dozen people, where a fight broke out.

“I think they said that he’s been shot, is what I heard, and then there is a young lady crying in the background and screaming, ‘somebody call an ambulance, help, somebody call an ambulance,’” said neighbor Jonathon Ricks.

Police arrived to discover 20-year-old Urcino Fidenzo lying on the sidewalk, badly injured.

“After further examination he was stabbed, was not shot, stabbed multiple times, there was shots fired, there were shell casings there at the scene, but our victim was not hit,” Cox said.

Police said there is a possibility the murder was gang related. According to Ricks, Fidenzo was a regular visitor of the apartment where the party was held.

“He seemed like a really nice guy, he didn’t seem like he was excessively dangerous, or that he had done anything criminal, at least not in my conversations with him,” Ricks said.

Some neighbors said the apartment was commonly known for loud parties, while other neighbors said this is the first disturbance they can remember coming from the address.

“It’s really upsetting that the first time I hear people outside, that sounded like a good time, turns into somebody getting killed, it doesn’t make sense to me,” said neighbor Adam Hopfensperger. “I know my son and daughter were terrified this morning when we came outside and saw the news, and I know they aren’t going to be comfortable sleeping here tonight. We’re actually going over to a friend of mine, and we’re going to sleep at their place tonight.”