5 NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Friends of Fatal Stabbing Victim Reflect on His Life
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 7:42PM
Created on August 15, 2014 @ 6:07PM
Devante Waites, 19, Fairmont. Photo courtesy: Facebook
On Thursday, 19-year-old Devante Waites was fatally stabbed in downtown Morgantown following an altercation at a popular 18+ night club called Bent Willey's. Waites was a West Virginia University student and 2013 Fairmont Senior High School graduate.
Hearts are broken and people in Fairmont are mourning the loss of one of their own. Evan Cameon, was one of Devante's friends from high school. The two also played football together. Cameon was at Bent Willey's with Waites on the night of the stabbing. He said, "The whole event just seems kind of surreal right now. I've been trying to block it out as best as I can, but I definitely know it's a night that I'll never forget."
By most accounts Waites was more than just a high school basketball standout. Many people are saying he was a great kid as well. Some of Waites' friends claim he was the type of person who would give you the shirt off of his back. In addition, friends are saying Waites was always there to support his buddies.
"He was just a caring, loving, friendly guy. There was just something about him. He just had this smile that could light up the darkest room," said Cameon.
Robert Hernandez, 33, from Cumberland, Maryland, was arrested on Thursday evening around 8:30 p.m. He was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Morgantown. Hernandez has been charged with first degree murder for allegedly slaying Waites at Bent Willey's.
It's not clear what specifically led up to the stabbing. According to a police report, an altercation began inside the club. Around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday police responded to a report of a stabbing. Witnesses who spoke with 5 News claim Waites was attempting to break up a fight.
The WVU community is also saddened. Some new students are frightened by what happened just one day before students moved on campus.
WVU freshman Kevin Shrader said, "It's a little shocking just to hear of it happening so close."
John Bowling is also a freshman at WVU. He said, "Obviously it's alarming because freshman moved in on Friday."
Waites' untimely death has been a lot to take in for those who know him best. Friends claim his life has come to an end far too soon and now they'll try to focus on the fond memories that are left behind.
"The thing that I'm really going to miss about Devante is his great personality and how much he cared for other people," said Cameon.
According to Morgantown Police, Bent Willey's has had its liquor license revoked for ten days. Representatives with the business are saying the club will remain closed through the rest of the week out of respect for the victim's family.
The investigation into Waites' death is still ongoing.
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