PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — A father who was fatally stabbed on Monday in Portage has been identified by police. His family confirmed that his son was the second victim.
On Tuesday, police identified the 49-year-old as Maurice Pearson of Kalamazoo. Pearson’s family confirmed to News 8 that the second victim, a 21-year-old man, was his son, Xavier. Authorities are still finishing due diligence before releasing his name.
Skyler Belser, who was Xavier’s cousin and Maurice’s nephew, was just getting off work Monday afternoon when he got the call that shook him to his core.
“My aunt’s sister called me and she said, ‘Hey it’s an emergency.’ I called her. She said, ‘Skyler, I need you to brace yourself. Uncle Maurice and your Cousin Xavier… they passed away. They died.’ Right then and there, I literally almost dropped the phone,” Belser said.
Around 3:20 p.m. Monday, police were sent to Davis Creek Apartments & Flats on Meredith Street south of S. Sprinkle Road for a stabbing. Police later said it was a result of a domestic dispute.
The Portage Department of Public Safety said Pearson and his son were found with severe stab wounds. Authorities tried to save them and they were taken to the hospital, where they later died.
Sheran Pearson, Maurice Pearson sister and Xavier’s aunt, was with them just recently, celebrating the new year together and Maurice’s 49th birthday.
She cannot comprehend that they would be gone 10 days later.
“I’m torn because I have to trust God, but yet my flesh doesn’t know how to react to going up to a hospital and identify my nephew… and knowing my brother’s on the way to the coroner,” Sheran Pearson said.
She describes Maurice as a man of his word, committed to his family as he was just beginning a new career in construction.
“(Maurice) was so happy. He had 49 in his hand because he was so grateful,” she said.
Xavier was a student at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, aspiring to get into the field of business.
But without two of the brightest lights in their lives, the Pearson family is now demanding justice for the man they believe is responsible.
“A mother just lost a son and a husband. I lost a brother and a nephew,” Sheran Pearson sobbed. “To go up to the hospital and see what was done to my babies, we need justice. Even though it won’t bring them back, we hope that… he won’t take nobody else.”
Police said a 27-year-old suspect was also taken to the hospital. He is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail. His name is not being released while the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office decides what charges are appropriate.
According to police, officers are looking into two related incidents at the same address: a non-domestic related assault on Saturday and vandalism on Sunday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Portage police at 269.329.4567 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.