Longtime friend and romantic rival charged with fatal stabbing of Kirino Fabian in Belmont Cragin

Chicago Sun-Times

Alexis Julian Gonzalez | Chicago Police

Alexis Julian Gonzalez | Chicago Police

A 20-year-old Belmont Cragin man was ordered held on $900,000 bond Wednesday for allegedly stabbing romantic rival Kirino Fabian to death.

Fabian, sitting in the front passenger seat of a friend’s red Honda, opened the car door to let his on-and-off girlfriend inside the car early Tuesday when Alexis Julian Gonzalez started attacking him with a knife, Cook County prosecutors said in court Wednesday.

Fabian, 19, fell out of the car at Dickens and Lavergne, and was lying on the ground as Gonzalez continued to stab him, Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said.

Fabian’s 20-year-old brother was stabbed in the arm as he jumped out of the car to try to rescue his sibling, Lisuzzo said.

Kirino 'Wake' Fabian | Facebook

Kirino ‘Wake’ Fabian | Facebook

Fabian was taken to Community First Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He suffered stab wounds to his face head, arms and back, Lisuzzo said.

Fabian and Gonzalez were longtime friends, but Gonzalez had recently started dating the young woman, authorities said.

Fabian, his brother and two friends had been driving around when Fabian got a call at 2:30 a.m. that the woman was at Gonzalez’ house in the 2100 block of North Lavergne, Lisuzzo said.

Fabian asked his friend to drive him to the house. Once there, Fabian yelled for the young woman to come out, Lisuzzo said. She didn’t, and neither did Gonzalez. But Gonzalez’ mother came out and told the young men that if they didn’t leave, she would call police, Lisuzzo said.

So they drove off. The group headed back toward Gonzalez’ house after Fabian started getting audio Facebook messages from the woman around 3 a.m., Lisuzzo said.

The group saw Gonzalez and the woman leave the house around 3:15 a.m. Gonzalez then ran out of their view, Lisuzzo said.

Soon Fabian saw the young woman walking toward the car, Lisuzzo said. That’s when he opened the door and was ambushed.

Gonzalez fled the scene after the stabbing, hopping over fences as he eluded police. He was arrested less than an hour later in a gangway in the 2000 block of North LaCrosse, according to the police report.

Gonzalez’ clothes were splattered with blood, Lisuzzo said.

Gonzalez is the son of two pastors, and plays bass guitar and drums at his parents’ house of worship, Assistant Public Defender Preston Jones said. Jones did not know the name of the church.

Previously, Gonzalez worked as a forklift operator for a company contracted by O’Hare Airport. He stopped working three months ago because the company had gone out of business, Jones said, as a pony-tailed Gonzalez stood before Judge Peggy Chiampas in court.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Fabian’s family with funeral expenses.

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