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Man dies after Moore Square food give-away stabbing

Posted March 6, 2011 1:00 p.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2011 7:52 p.m. EST

— A Raleigh couple feeding the homeless helped a man who was stabbed in Moore Square in downtown Sunday morning. He died at WakeMed Sunday afternoon.

Police said that Eric Lee Jackson, 52, was waiting in line for free coffee and biscuits when Leonard Coleman, 62, stabbed him.

The couple said they rushed to help the victim and grabbed the knife that had fallen on the ground during the struggle.

"We pulled that away from him, so no more stabbings occurred," volunteer Greg Clark said.

He said that another volunteer tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived, while they tended to the victim.

"911 was called, and then we applied pressure to the gentleman's wound," Clark said.

Coleman was charged with murder and is being held in the Wake County jail.

Police said that Jackson and Coleman were involved in an altercation earlier.