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Suspect in custody in fatal stabbing

Evanston police say they have a person in custody in connection with a stabbing death in the city Tuesday night.

Police Chief Richard Eddington says preliminary reports indicate two friends got into a fight in a home at 2120 Seward St. that left David L. Branch, 26, of the 400 block of Custer Avenue, suffering from four stab wounds to his upper right leg.

Evanston police say they have a person in custody in connection with a stabbing death in the city Tuesday night.

Police Chief Richard Eddington says preliminary reports indicate two friends got into a fight in a home at 2120 Seward St. that left David L. Branch, 26, of the 400 block of Custer Avenue, suffering from four stab wounds to his upper right leg.

Police say the cuts severed Branch’s femoral artery and he was unconscious when he was transported by Fire Department paramedics to St. Francis Hospital. He was pronounced dead there at 9:13 p.m., according to the county medical examiner’s office.

Police say Branch and the friend, who lived in the home on Seward, had been drinking when they got into an argument that led to the stabbing.

Eddington says the police department, the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed so far.

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