Crime and Justice

Man stabbed to death in 5th Burlington homicide of the year

A Burlington police cruiser is seen outside City Hall on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in downtown Burlington early Sunday morning, according to authorities.

The Burlington Police Department identified the victim as Abubakar Sharrif of Burlington. No suspects were immediately detained. 

At about 3:08 a.m., dispatchers received calls about a disturbance and assault at Piesanos Burlington, a restaurant near the intersection of Main and Church streets, according to a press release issued by the department on Sunday.

Officers found a man later identified as Sharrif seriously injured and bleeding heavily from apparent stab wounds and provided medical care. Burlington Fire Department personnel took the victim to a hospital, where he was declared dead, police said in the release.

Acting Police Chief Jon Murad said the investigation was in its earliest stages and that police were interviewing witnesses. 

This is the fifth homicide in Burlington this year, Murad said in the press release.

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Auditi Guha

About Auditi

Auditi is Chittenden County editor at VTDigger. Originally from Calcutta, India, she graduated from Emerson College with an MA in journalism. She has worked as an editor and reporter for several newspapers, and in various beats. Most recently, she covered race and justice at Rewire.News, and higher education at the New Bedford Standard-Times. She previously worked at several Massachusetts newsrooms. She is a mentor for young reporters through the Report For America program, founded the Boston chapter of the South Asian Journalists Association, and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.


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