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Man Stabbed Outside of Long Beach Gay Bar Dies

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 13, 2022

Christopher Finley
Christopher Finley  (Source:Instagram)

Christopher Finley, a 28-year-old Long Beach, CA resident, died after being stabbed outside of a local gay bar called Mineshaft around 1:50 a.m last Friday night. He was one of two people to be assaulted. The other victim, Jake Stone, was Finley's partner. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.

As reported by KTLA, Long Beach police said Christopher Finley died about eight hours after the attack.

"Finley and another unidentified man were stabbed in the 'upper torso' around 1:50 a.m. at Mineshaft on the 1700 block of East Broadway," according to police reports, KTLA reports.

Both men were taken to the hospital for injuries that were believed to be at the time not life-threatening. Finley reportedly died around 10:50 a.m. on Saturday.

Finley was described as a "semi-frequent" customer at the bar whom the staff knew by name. Finley was reportedly standing outside with his partner Jake Stone when a third man rode by on a bicycle. A "small argument" reportedly erupted that escalated into a stabbing.

According to police, Finley and Stone were trying to get the man on the bicycle to move along from the bar when he suddenly attacked.

Stone posted a touching tribute to his dead partner on Instagram.

"Today I said goodbye to the love of my life. I don't even know how to put into words the way we completed each other and I will never be whole again. You are my world. You were the light in so many peoples lives and our worlds will never be the same. I love you and dream of the day I see you again. I'm so thankful to have captured our love on camera moments before this all happened. Forever my babe and forever your bub."

He added: "Chris and I were stabbed last night and today Chris lost his fight. I am recovering in the hospital. Please give me and his family and close friends space as we process this please."

According to Mineshaft bar's co-owner, Jeff Darling, the attack appeared to be completely random.

"After they were stabbed, they ended up in our doorway," Darling explained. He describes the incident as a "very traumatic thing" for his employees, and he plans to put together a vigil for Finley and the other person who was stabbed.

The investigation is ongoing and police reportedly have not yet released any information about the suspect's description.