Woman dead in late night stabbing on Seward St.; suspect arrested

Azya Gilbert-Jackson was charged with 2nd degree murder in a late night stabbing on Seward St. in Rochester (RPD photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The family of a college student stabbed to death in Rochester Tuesday prays for answers but also for the person who is under arrest. ""We're praying for her, we're praying for her family," said Art Henderson.

Henderson is the uncle of 21-year-old Lynaya Griffin who was killed sometime after midnight. Ask him about his niece- his sister's youngest child - and you learn right away that she is adored and this is nearly too much for this large extended family to bear. "That was her youngest daughter, that was her heart," he told 13 WHAM's Jane Flasch. "I'm about to break this brings tears to my eyes."

Griffin was stabbed at least once in the upper body during an argument outside 321 Seward Street. Witnesses say she argued with the person who lived there. That person has been identified as 24-year-old Azya Gilbert-Jackson. She is charged with murder.

It is not clear what the two argued about, and that's not what matters to the victim's family. "It's ridiculous because it seems like there's no value for life now," said Henderson. "They're just going to do it without thinking. Our youth need some kind of guidance to help them along."

Griffin put herself through beauty school and was working two jobs this summer with plans to attend Monroe Community College in the fall. Instead, someone scooped her up in the middle of the night, injured and bleeding and drove her to the hospital. It was too late to save her life.

In their grief, her family has not lost sight of their faith. Even when it comes to the accused. "I pray for her and for everyone in that family. I pray for her mother," said Henderson.

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