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Victim of Brookings stabbing dies at OHSU in Portland

A 42-year-old Brookings man who was stabbed in the neck by his neighbor on Sunday has died in the hospital, according to the Curry County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 12:26 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2021 12:28 PM

BROOKINGS, Ore. — A 42-year-old Brookings man who was stabbed in the neck by his neighbor on Sunday has died in the hospital, according to the Curry County Sheriff's Office.

Dispatch received a 911 call about the stabbing at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday. The caller, Jennifer Lee, reported that her boyfriend had been stabbed in the neck.

Deputies and ambulance crews responded within minutes, CCSO said. The victim, Christopher Phillips, was rushed to the hospital in Brookings.

Lee told the responding officers that before Phillips passed out, he told her that their neighbor had stabbed him with a large knife. Although deputies found "a substantial amount of blood" in Phillip's house, they determined that the stabbing occurred somewhere outside.

Meanwhile, Phillips' condition quickly deteriorated. Emergency Room staff managed to stabilize him, but they began arranging to have him airlifted to Medford.

Troopers and crime scene analysts from Oregon State Police were called in to help map out the crime scene, with a Sheriff's Office detective and the County District Attorney responding as well.

By 8 p.m., deputies went over to detain the neighbor, Justin Graziano. Eventually gaining a search warrant for Graziano's home, CCSO said that investigators found and seized the weapon allegedly used in the stabbing.

While Cal Ore Life Flight Ambulance tried to transport Phillips to the Crescent City Airport for a flight to Medford, they were forced to detour to Sutter Coast Hospital as his condition once again deteriorated. Phillips underwent emergency surgery and remained in the ICU as of Monday.

On Wednesday, CCSO said, Phillips was flown to OHSU in Portland. He died just after midnight on Thursday due to complications from his injuries.

"Christopher Phillips' family have been notified and the Sheriff’s Office expresses our condolences," the agency said. "The Curry County District Attorney has been informed and additional charges against Justin Graziano, who remains in custody, will be forthcoming."

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