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Man arrested in connection to Waterbury murder

The following photo of Philip Grundy was provided by the Waterbury Police Department. The following photo of Philip Grundy was provided by the Waterbury Police Department.

A 39-year-old man, who police said was responsible for fatally stabbing a man and seriously injuring another during a fight in Waterbury Monday night, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Police were sent to James Street around 6 p.m. in response to the fight in the middle of the street.

The investigation determined Philip Grundy of Waterbury was involved in a fight with two men and stabbed Jeffrey Gomez, 33, of Waterbury in the lower back, and Brandon Feliciano, 17, of Meriden, in the chest.

Feliciano, whom everyone called Chino, was pronounced dead a short time later at St. Mary's Hospital.

Police said the fight may have erupted after a previous dispute between one of Feliciano's girlfriends and Grundy's girlfriend. Police said they believe Feliciano got caught in the middle.

"He was either trying to break it up or defend Gomez and got stabbed in the process," said Waterbury Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Corbett.

Feliciano's friend, Gomez, remained in the hospital Tuesday night. Gomez has a bad injury to one of his lungs.

Police said Grundy fled prior to police arriving. Grundy was found hiding in a friend's home and arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Police removed items from Grundy's home on James Street on Tuesday.

Grundy was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree assault. He is being held on $1 million bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Nov. 6.

Feliciano's girlfriend was crying Tuesday while she was trying to light candles and messages in his memory. She was unable to talk with Eyewitness News on Tuesday.

Feliciano went to school at Venture Academy in Meriden last year. Sources told Eyewitness News he was in a youth detention center recently, and when he got out, he was staying in Waterbury. He never re-enrolled in Meriden schools.

Meriden had counselors available to students who knew Feliciano.

"He was very respectful," said one woman, who wished not to be identified. "Every time I seen him he was smiling."

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