Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a fatal stabbing Monday morning in the 4600 block of Palm Breeze Lane in northwest Charlotte.
Police and family identified the victim as 22-year-old TyShawn Matthews.
Late Monday, investigators announced they had arrested 18-year-old Kewan Kittarti Littlejohn and charged him with murder. Littlejohn was in Mecklenburg jail late Monday.
Police believe the stabbing happened after a fight between the two men.
Police responded to a call for service around 8:27 a.m. Monday in which the caller stated they found a man who was bleeding and appeared to have been assaulted. The man was dead when officers arrived.
Monday morning, more than a dozen friends and relatives of Matthews stood behind crime scene tape as detectives filed in and out of the small one-story home on Palm Breeze Lane. One woman broke down in tears on the sidewalk and several people rushed to help her stand up.
Nicole Porter, Matthews mother, drove home early Monday from a vacation in the Tennessee mountains after she heard of his death.
Police told her he had been stabbed, she said.
Porter said her son was trying to improve his life after the birth of his son eight months ago. Before that, Matthews had a criminal record that included arrests for armed robbery, breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and marijuana possession.
He was on the wrong tracks sometimes, but hed gotten on the right path, she said. He was doing the right thing for his son.
In recent months Matthews graduated from a Goodwill vocational program and sought work in the construction industry, Porter said.
Staff writer Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed.