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Man Stabbed to Death in Downtown Burlington

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Published December 4, 2022 at 9:15 a.m.


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Updated on Monday, December 5, 2022.

A man died early on Sunday after being stabbed in downtown Burlington, police said.

Shortly after 3 a.m., police responded to calls for an assault at Piesanos pizza on Main Street, according to a press release from acting Police Chief Jon Murad.

Officers found Burlington resident Abubakar Sharrif, 23, bleeding heavily from stab wounds. Sharrif was taken to the hospital by the Burlington Fire Department and declared dead there, Murad wrote.

The circumstances surrounding the stabbing were unclear as of Sunday afternoon. Video footage broadcast by WCAX-TV showed police and emergency responders rolling a stretcher inside the restaurant. No one had been arrested as of Monday afternoon.

"This investigation is in its earliest stages," Murad wrote.
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By Monday morning, a memorial of flowers, candles, and a picture of Sharrif surrounded by messages had appeared outside the restaurant.

"Long live Boosie," one message read.

It's the fifth homicide in Burlington this year. The other four victims were shot to death amid a rise in gun-related violence.