MURRAY A man police say fatally stabbed another man during a large brawl Sunday afternoon has been arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder.
Nazir Rahimi, 26, is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Farhad Ahman Mullanknel during a fight near 5300 South Hamlin (570 West). Rahimi was taken to police headquarters almost immediately, according to police. After extensive questioning, he was formally arrested and booked into jail about 11:30 p.m.
The stabbing was the result of a large fight in the middle of the street between two families that had a lot of long-standing bad blood between them, said Murray police detective Jeff Maglish.
"The two families had been having a conflict for a while," he said.
Maglish was not sure Monday what the on-going feud was about. Neighbors said tensions had been running high between a member of one family who lived on Hamlin and his ex-girlfriend's family. A number of car windows had been broken out over the past two months, the neighbor said.
On Sunday, the fight conflict continued when one group traveled from West Valley City and were confronted by the other family. Whether the family went to Hamlin specifically for the purpose of having a brawl was unknown, Maglish said.
A large fight involving 10 to 15 people, some armed with boards and knives, erupted. The fight started inside the house and eventually spilled over into the street. Mullanknel was stabbed and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A second person was also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Rahimi was a "person of interest" from the beginning, Maglish said.A check of court records shows Rahimi was charged in 3rd District Court with rape, a first-degree felony, in 2005 but the case was even eventually dismissed.