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Victim identified in Niagara Falls motel stabbing

NIAGARA FALLS – Police have identified the victim of a stabbing at a Niagara Falls motel as Richard A. Christian, 22, whose last known address was on Caravelle Drive. The case was the city’s first reported murder in 2014.

Charged in the murder is Ashley Marie Berger, 31, of Third Street. She was arraigned Monday in City Court on a charge of second-degree murder and is being held without bail in Niagara County Jail.

Christian suffered a single stab wound to his chest just before 3 a.m. Sunday in a motel in the 400 block of Main Street and shortly afterwards was pronounced dead at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Detective Lt. Michael Trane said Berger called the police and said a man had collapsed outside her room and she didn’t know who he was.

Trane said there was no evidence that drugs were involved.