Neighbors react to Southeast Roanoke stabbing

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Police were called to a home near the 300 block of 9th street Southeast Roanoke around 10:15 Saturday night. There they found a man with stab wounds inside. The suspect, Carl Davis, was arrested at a home close by. Police say he forced his way into that home and assaulted the victim. He is now facing charges for stabbing the man and for burglary.

WDBJ7 went back to the scene Sunday to see what we could find out and to speak with neighbors and hear their reactions.

Corinthia Buford has lived in Southeast Roanoke for almost seven months, and she says she's seen enough.

"It's just so much crime around here, and I'm the type of person that has a heart, and I love people, but it's just too much going on you know like, it's stabbing, it's shooting," Buford said.

She knows this type of violence all too well.

"I'm just going to keep it real . . . I been through a whole lot, I've been homeless."

So when she heard about Saturday night's stabbing, "I didn't act surprised but I was just like, I just wish it could stop, you know, why is it happening, why did it happen, it shouldn't be happening."

A man was found stabbed inside his home in the 300 block of 9th street Southeast by the Big Lick General Store. It's an area neighbors like Brenda Wills, who's lived here for over 50 years, say has gone downhill only recently.

"It's just a pretty good area all in general, it's just you know a few things going on mainly has to be concerned, you know the drugs, the violence, everything," Will said.

And a lot of the violence has been centered around the Big Lick General Store.

"This store here, I mean he's a great guy that work in there and it's another guy that work in there, and they're great people, and it's just so much, it's just so much, and I understand his feelings," Buford said.

The violence has followed Buford in her move from Northwest Roanoke to Southeast. She believes it's time for a change.

"Just stop violence, try to love one another, keep the peace, it'll get better, whatever it is that we're going through, reach out for help, cuz' we love you and God does too," Buford said.

The victim of the stabbing was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and the incident is under investigation.