LANCASTER – The man stabbed and killed in Lancaster Tuesday night was 69-year-old Grady Morgan, according to his fiancée Christine Bloxton.
“Whoever did this to Grady, will you please come forward?” Bloxton pleaded between tears Wednesday morning. “That’s my soul, that’s my backbone, that’s my loved one, that’s everything to me. A part of me is gone now!”
“He was a good person with a good heart, always there to help anybody, he didn’t deserve this,” said a man who identified himself as a family member but did not want to give his name.
Several people consoled each other at the Sunset Ridge Apartments Wednesday morning, where they said Grady Morgan was found dying in his apartment the night before.
According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, the victim was found around 7:09 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 29) in the 43400 Block of 16th Street West in Lancaster.
“The victim was discovered by a friend who had stopped by the victim’s house. Deputies and paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he died from his injuries,” reads the Sheriff’s Department’s press release.
Bloxton said she made the tragic discovery when she dropped by Morgan’s apartment to bring him some freshly washed clothes.
“The door was locked when I got here. Normally the door is open, and I just walk right in,” she said.
Bloxton said she rang the bell, and when Morgan didn’t answer, she looked through a window of the ground floor apartment and saw her fiancé.
“The only thing I could do was just yell and start screaming, ‘Help me! Somebody help me!’” She said.
Bloxton said no one came outside to help, so she ran to different apartments, knocking on doors, until a man across the street answered her pleas.
She said the Good Samaritan broke through a window to let her into Morgan’s apartment so she could see if her fiancé was still alive.
“He was just laying down there on the floor in a fetal position like a baby,” Bloxton said, adding that Morgan was unresponsive.
She said she called 9-1-1, and the responding paramedics rushed Morgan to the hospital. She said deputies told her Morgan had been stabbed multiple times in the upper body, and questioned her on why anyone would want to hurt Morgan.
Bloxton said she told deputies the incident could have been the result of a “drug robbery”. She said Morgan sold drugs “on the side” out of his apartment, and he went by the nickname of “O.G.”
“You know how people come through and want to see if they can get credit from you or whatever? So he probably turned them down and they got angry and so they started to stab him,” Bloxton said.
She said deputies did not recover a weapon at the scene, but she suspects the killer may have stabbed Morgan with his own knife – a pocketknife that Morgan keeps on him at all times.
She said the killer may have also left a skateboard behind, because an unfamiliar skateboard was at the apartment.
“Whatever you all did, you left too soon because you couldn’t get your damn skateboard!” Bloxton said, adding that deputies took the skateboard as evidence. “You might as well turn yourself in, you’re gonna get caught!”
Bloxton said she spoke to Morgan by phone about two hours before she found him, and she suspects the stabbing occurred just minutes before she dropped by.
“The blood was fresh like it just happened. If I would have got here sooner, it probably wouldn’t have happened,” she choked out between sobs.
Bloxton said she and Morgan had been together since 2007, and Morgan had moved to the Sunset Ridge Apartments from Riverside about a year and a half ago. He lived in the two-bedroom apartment with a roommate, who was at work at the time of the incident, Bloxton said.
“If anyone seen anything over here at the Sunset Ridge, please contact the police department and let them know what happened,” Bloxton said. “Grady didn’t bother nobody, he was a good person.”
Wednesday morning, Sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Holly Francisco said there was no new information in the stabbing death, and no suspects were in custody.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS-8477.
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