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Americus murder suspect in jail

Heather Moen Heather Moen
Blaine Vaughan Blaine Vaughan
One woman was killed by her husband. One woman was killed by her husband.
Carly Lucas Carly Lucas
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

An Americus man charged with killing his wife is waiting to have a first appearance before a judge. Lafonzo Childs was arrested Sunday morning, accused of stabbing his wife to death and injuring her friend.  Investigators have not discussed what led to the stabbing. 

So far he's charged with murder and aggravated assault, but other charges may be filed.

One woman is recovering and another is dead after a fatal stabbing Sunday morning on the 600 block of Valley Drive in Americus. 40-year-old Lafonzo Childs has been arrested, and charged with murdering his 40-year-old wife Luciana Childs, as well as injuring her friend.

Most neighbors stood outside in shock and couldn't believe something like it happened in their quiet neighborhood. "It's kind of shocking I just found out really, you know what happened," said Blaine Vaughan. "And uh, you know three houses down it just seems like I don't know what's happened to my home."

According to police, they were called to the home around 2 a.m. after Lafonzo stabbed his wife Luciana and her friend. Shortly after the incident, Americus Police found and apprehended Lafonzo at the Flash Foods on South Lee Street.

Heather Moen is devastated by the news. "It's just really sad that something like this would happen right where you live," said Moen.

Not many knew about the family living here. Those who did only had a few encounters with Luciana. They described her as nice person, which made the news of her death very surprising. "I'm really shocked badly," said Carly Lucas. "I mean it's like something like that happen you know."

With the news of Luciana's death, Heather Moen wishes there was something she could have done for her neighbor.

"It's really sad because if I would have known all that stuff was going on, I would have at least tried to help in anyway I could have," said Moen.

Police have not released the name of the other victim, but say her injuries are not life threatening.

Lafonzo Childs is currently being held at the Sumter Co. Jail, charged with murder and other related charges. Police have not said what led to the stabbing.

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