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Family, friends of murder victim call for less violence

By ANNA MEILER

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The sun may have been shining, but tears soaked James Street as friends and family gathered to celebrate the life of Paul Grimes, the man stabbed and killed in Utica on Friday.

"Paul was a good man," said Edward Grimes, Paul Grimes' older brother.

Family and friends placed flowers and lit candles in the spot where the 60 year old used to sit outside of his house.

"I'll always remember his laugh, like that's the first thing I think about is his laugh and he was a very good man. He was a good man," said Cassandra Ward, his niece.

He was one of 16 children, a father of six, and a friend to many.

"That type of magnifying personality- you drew yourself to Paul. His whole life was spent doing something for someone else," said Steven Taylor, a lifelong friend.

Police say he was stabbed inside his home Friday following a heated argument, but many questions remain unanswered.

"All I know is he was stabbed in his heart and he bled out and died. That's all I know," said Jenelle Grimes, one of Paul Grimes' daughters.

The street where family and friends remembered Paul's life is just one of the places where they're calling for change. When it comes to violence they say something needs to be done.

"I was born and raised here. People are dying left and right and it makes no sense. It's all senseless. The community is turning into nothing," said Jenelle Grimes.

"How are we supposed to stop violence if people are having parties and shooting and that's all they have," said Ward.

Lawrence Abbott, 71, has been charged with murder in connection with the stabbing. The investigation is ongoing.

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