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Police identify victim of fatal New London stabbing

By Izaskun E. Larrañeta

Publication: theday.com

Published September 14. 2012 10:00AM   Updated September 15. 2012 12:03AM
Javier Reyes, the 36-year-old victim of a fatal stabbing in New London Wednesday night. Photo provided by the New London Police Department.

New London — Police have identified the person stabbed to death Wednesday night in an apartment at 187 Huntington St. as 36-year-old Javier Reyes.

Police said they responded to the area around 10:34 p.m. and found Reyes suffering from serious injuries to his abdomen. A source said he was stabbed at least six times.

Reyes was initially taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and then flown to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died of his injuries at 2 a.m.

The address where the homicide occurred, Apt. D14, is the same given to police last year by Antonio "Wilson" Pena, 36. Pena has been held in police custody since last year in lieu of $2 million bond as he awaits trial on a charge that he orchestrated a murder-for-hire plot against an acquaintance with whom he once dealt drugs.

Police say they foiled the plot the morning of Aug. 18, 2011, just minutes before it was to be carried out.

Police have not confirmed if the two incidents are connected.

Detectives are actively working on the investigation and have not developed any suspects or a possible motive for this incident at this time.

An autopsy for Reyes has not been completed, a spokeswoman at the state Office of the Medical Examiner said Friday.

Anyone who may have witnessed this crime is asked to contact detectives at the New London Police Department at (860)447-1481.

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