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Man, 24, charged in fatal knifing at apartment

A North Buffalo man was charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a homeless man.

Sean M. Barill, 24, is accused of the fatal attack on Freddie Patrick, 32, in Barill's Delaware Avenue apartment building.

Patrick's body was found by Buffalo police at about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the kitchen of one of the apartments. He had been stabbed "multiple times," police said.

"There were definite signs of violence in the apartment, and Homicide Squad and crime scene unit personnel were called in," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

Police were initially alerted to the crime at the apartment building in the 2400 block of Delaware when Officer Lisa M. Holloway was flagged down. Northwest District officers assisted in the investigation and found the body.

Barill was not present when the police arrived at the scene, Richards said, and was "sought through the night by investigators."

Barill, who fled to an apartment in Gowanda, was tracked down by Detectives Mario T. Pratts and Patrick J. Judge, who persuaded him to surrender Tuesday, police said. Patrick, who police said was "acquainted" with Barill, was said to have suffered "multiple stab wounds."

A native of Tampa, Fla., Barill is a 2007 graduate of Erie Community College, where he studied business.

Because of the suspect's Facebook page, Buffalo police said, they were aware of Barill's fascination with Juggalo -- followers of the Detroit-based hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse -- a subculture linked to violence. Police declined to comment further.

Police would not comment on a possible motive in the slaying, the city's 20th homicide of the year.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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