45-year-old man fatally stabbed following argument in Richmond Friday

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23rd Street fight turns fatal

Lakota Brightman, 45, has been identified as the victim of a fatal stabbing in Richmond Friday.

Brightman was described Monday in the Contra Costa Times as a veteran of the Afghanistan war and the son of Lehman Brightman, a Native American activist, Korean War veteran and retired Contra Costa College professor.

He was stabbed once in the chest shortly before 10 p.m. following an argument with a man in the 1400 block of Carlson Boulevard, police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. After the attack, Lakota Brightman walked into a nearby store seeking help and was then taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, Abetkov said.

As of Monday, no arrests had been made and police were still looking for the suspect, who they have identified but are not yet publicly naming. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Richmond police Detective Eric Haupt at (510) 620-6541.

The incident only adds to the grief for the Brightman family. In March, Lakota’s brother, Lehman Leonard Brightman III, was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Richmond.

“Both [brothers] had been living as transients, according to authorities,” the Times reported.

There have been nine homicide in Richmond this year.

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