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Asheville Stabbing Survivor Speaks Out

Updated: Tuesday, April 30 2013, 09:59 PM EDT

He survived a deadly stabbing Sunday just moments after leaving a downtown Asheville nightclub.  "I just felt like it wasn't my time to go. God doesn't want me to go yet," the man, who didn't want to be named, told News 13's Mario Boone.  The scar from that attack was still fresh on his chest by Tuesday.  "This kid just tried to take my life.  This kid just tried to kill me." 

That kid, according to police, is 16-year-old Reynolds High dropout Danras Bunsie.  "It was 2:30 in the morning.  I mean, what is he doing out anyway?"  Police say shortly after Bunsie stabbed this survivor he murdered Travis Schoon.  "That right there hurts because I felt like that could've been me."

Asheville police called the violence random and senseless, but the survivor said it began when his friends said hi to two girls walking with Bunsie.  "He got very defensive about that.  I'm not sure if he was going out with one of them or something like that."  The two parties exchanged heated words but the man said no one could understand Bunsie's thick Jamaican accent.  "That's when he started coming at me because I was getting everybody away."

The man said he's alive because of his lucky gold necklace.  "My necklace actually stopped it (the knife) from riding down my chest."  Now armed with a second chance at life, he plans to finish school and try to put this behind him.  "He could've took two lives that night."

By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com
Follow on Twitter: @marioboone


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