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The victim of a fatal stabbing at Killip Elementary School on Thursday has been identified.

Ethan Watson, 25, of Flagstaff, was stabbed to death by another man in his car in the parking lot of the school while waiting to pick up his girlfriend’s niece.

Witnesses described the other man as Native American, with a white or gray hat, black hoodie and black pants.

Flagstaff Police canvassed the area and located a person resembling that description on Dortha Avenue. He was later interviewed as a person of interest in the homicide. Investigators located multiple items believed to be evidence on the scene and on the route the suspect is believed to have used when he fled the scene. The name of the person of interest is being withheld, at this time, to protect the investigation and potential prosecution of this case.

The suspect is currently in custody on an unrelated arrest warrant

Flagstaff Police Spokesperson Sgt. Cory Runge said the stabbing occurred after the two men got into an argument in the elementary school parking lot.

Runge would not disclose the nature of the argument but said that the two men did know each other.

Runge said the crime appears to be an isolated incident unrelated to the operation of the school and there does not appear to be any safety concern for the public at large or the students at the school.

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