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Stabbing victim won't talk

Police say the victim in an early morning stabbing on Lakeshore Road in Kelowna this past weekend is refusing to co-operate with their investigation.

RCMP responded to the 4000 block of Lakeshore Road, near Lexington Drive, at 2:40 a.m. Sunday to find a 35-year-old North Okanagan man suffering from stab wounds to his abdomen.

Chris Kirby was rushed to the hospital, where he continues to recover. Witnesses described a 10-inch long gash in his left side.

A 17-year-old Kelowna man and his girlfriend were arrested in connection to the stabbing. It's unclear at this time if charges have been laid.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Kelowna RCMP say Kirby is not co-operating with the investigation.

“Police continue to investigate an altercation that took place between a youth and an adult male, however the adult male refuses to speak with our investigators and therefore we are asking for any witnesses to come forward to assist police in determining what occurred prior to the male being injured,” said Const. Lesley Smith.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $5,700 in one day to help cover his bills while he recovers.

“There are some negative comments coming in,” the page recently posted in an update. “We have faith in police handling this matter, they have the real evidence. Thank you for all the love and donations!”

Police say Kirby remains in hospital in stable condition.

The 17-year-old woman who was arrested told Castanet they were defending themselves.

"That man was on top of him, punching him in the head and smashing his head off the concrete,” she said.

“He pushed me in the middle of the road and then punched me in the back of the head and then attacked my friend… we started running, and I guess he tried to follow us, and that’s when the stabbing happened.”

Castanet reached out to Kirby, his girlfriend, and the creator of the GoFundMe page on Monday, but they did not comment on the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.



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