Police identified the victim as Jovonte Martell-Moss Franks.
Police released video surveillance images of a suspect in the stabbing and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight, and Medic pronounced Franks dead at the scene.
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Police said they were canvassing the area for witnesses. The inn is off Interstate 85 in northeast Charlotte.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak to a homicide unit detective. Or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.