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Sheffield teen stabbed to death at Riverfront Park

SHEFFIELD (AP) — A teenager was stabbed to death at Riverfront Park apparently by three men who witness said carried a knife, a chain and a baseball bat used to smash the rear window of a car.

Police Chief Dough Aycock said the killing of 17-year-old Tyrone Grant was witnessed by a large number of people at the park Sunday night and a search is on for the three suspects. Their names were not immediately released.

"At this point, we're still trying to determine exactly what happened," Aycock said. "There were a lot of witnesses here and we plan to talk to everyone possible."

Witnesses said a younger man, his father and uncle got out of a car carrying the weapons shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday. The witnesses said Grant was stabbed once in the parking lot, then he ran toward the park's playground, where he stumbled and fell and the men caught up with him, stabbing or slashing him again.

He died about an hour later while being treated in the emergency room of Helen Keller Hospital.

Blake Duhamel, one of Grant's friends, said he saw the men run after Grant, who was gushing blood from his chest when Duhamel reached him.

"I was holding pressure on his chest, trying to keep the blood from gushing," Duhamel said, his clothes soaked in blood.

While police would not comment on a motive, witnesses said one of the suspects was attacked a few days ago, the newspaper said. Witnesses also said that after attacking Grant, the men went to a car in which a friend of Grant's and her 2-year-old child were sitting. One of the men smashed the rear window of the car with the baseball bat and taunted her before the three drove off, according to witnesses.

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