Deadly Stabbing Shakes Lynchburg Neighborhood

Mark Rowley

Lynchburg, VA - A local community is talking about a Lynchburg man stabbed to death on Grace Street Monday.

Friends say Mark Rowley was walking home from the White Rock market around 10 p.m. when he got into some sort of argument.

Lynchburg police have charged Jose Antonio Maldonado with his murder. They say the two were acquaintances but are still trying to piece together the last hours of his death.

The flashing lights are gone from Grace Street.

"That's the farthest thing on my mind. I just thought it was a simple cut," said Ellen Hutcherson, Rowley's neighbor.

The crime scene tape is down.

"It was a little scary. Police telling me the weapons were found in my yard," said John Saunders, who lives near the site of the stabbing.

Hutcherson is just now getting the news that her upstairs neighbor is dead.

"Oh my god I know that guy! He is real nice. I work with him."

Neighbors say Rowley worked at Tritech Labs, moved here from West Virginia and lived upstairs in Apartment three.

Friends say the victim left his apartment on the 1800 block of Grace Street to go grab some pizza. One block away on a bridge is where police found his body."

Maldonado is charged with his murder.

"When officers arrived, they found the male victim lying in the roadway with a severe injury to the abdomen area," said Glenn Anderson with the Lynchburg Police Department.

Saunders says police found the two knives right here in his front yard.

"Of all these houses in this block, they had to throw it in my yard."

Police say this wasn't random.

"They were acquaintances. We're not exactly sure to what extent their relationship was," said Anderson.

But murder is never easy for any neighborhood to understand.

"That is wild. That is so wild he is actually dead," said Hutcherson.

Neighbors say Rowley was released from jail for misdemeanor assault just one day before he died.

Maldonado is no stranger to jail either. He served six months last year for possession of a controlled substance. He's being held at the Lynchburg Detention Center without bond.