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Elmira Homicide Investigation Continues

Written By: Asha McKenzie

Police called in the early morning hours on Saturday to a serious assault in Elmira.

Elmira Homicide Investigation Continues


ELMIRA (WENY) -- Elmira police confirm 22-year-old Ellis Kittles of Elmira was stabbed and killed early Saturday morning, at the intersection of South Main Street and West Chemung Place.
     Kittles was found laying on the ground with stab wounds - he was pronounced dead at Arnot Ogden Medical Center soon after.
     A candlelight vigil was held for Ellis Kittles last night, where over 200 people attended.
     The victim's family and friends and they still can't believe what happened.
     "It was petty, he wasn't a real threat to nobody out here. He was a young kid like me, trying to make it," said Messiah, Kittles' cousin.
     All morning, friends and family stopped by his makeshift memorial to pay their respects.
     Including his 3 year old son, Jahvier who came to say his final goodbye.
     "I came here to put an angel, a glass angel with his son's name on it and balloons," said Jodi Meisner, Jahvier's mother. "And let his son let go balloons for him."
     Meisner says she doesn't know exactly what happened, but she does know her son no longer has a father.
     Police are calling it a homicide, but haven't released any information on a suspect or events leading up to the stabbing.
     Kittles' family says they are heartbroken, waiting for justice.
     "For you to stab him, take his life and just leave him there, it's kind of messed up," said Messiah. "It really hurts."
     One neighbor was so shaken up, she didn't want to go on camera but she says he's ready to move.
     "It's scary. I got three kids, said the neighbor. "It's not anything I want them to be around."
     The neighbor says she woke up to Police knocking on her door to question her.
     She says she used to live in the apartment where the alleged dispute began.
     "We had intentions of moving before this happened. But this is the icing on the cake."
     The Elmira Police Department is actively following up on leads in this case, but no arrests have been made.
     They ask anyone with information to contact them at 607-737-5626.