This is not the first time Stacy Evans’ family has grieved for a life lost to violence.
He lost his 14-month-old son eight years ago, the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting.
Now Evans is dead, his life taken from him Thursday night.
He hadn’t lived long in Fort Wayne.
Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, the 30-year-old moved here a few weeks ago. He would never see his hometown again.
He died not long after someone stabbed him in the neck.
Evans’ family is devastated.
"They’re taking it extremely hard," said Anita Epperson, who knew Evans for about 13 years and was his son’s aunt.
The death of Evans’ son still weighs heavily.
The toddler was in a car seat in his mother’s car in Saginaw when a bullet fired from a passing SUV hit the little boy in the head, killing him. Three people were convicted and sentenced in that case.
Incarcerated at the time, Evans never got to properly grieve.
"He didn’t get a chance to get closure with his son," said Epperson, who is a sister to Evans Jr.’s mother.
Though Evans had a criminal history, he was moving on, focusing on his family, including a young daughter, and keeping his life on track, Epperson said.
"His past was his past ... he was changing his life," she said.
She said his family will miss his smile and sense of humor.
"He didn’t deserve this," Epperson said.
The Fort Wayne Police Department said Evans was stabbed after an altercation, but no further details have been released.
An officer in the area of 1300 Greene Street heard gunfire about 10:30 p.m. When he arrived he found Evans and a woman, whose name has not been released.
The woman suffered minor injuries, police said.
Evans was rushed in critical condition to a hospital and died about an hour later, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
He was the eighth homicide this year in Fort Wayne and Allen County.
His friends and family hope someone who saw or knows something about what happened that night will come forward to police.
"It was wrong for them to take the life of another person," Epperson said.