The 28-year-old Lawrence man, who was stabbed Memorial Day weekend in downtown Haverhill trying to break up a fight, has died.
Matthew Sabatino died overnight, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Sabatino was allegedly stabbed in the chest by Hayden Delafuente, 21. Charges against Delafuente, which include two counts of armed assault with intent to murder and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, will now be upgraded to murder, she said.
“Last night, my family and I had to say goodbye to my baby brother. He put up a hell of a fight, but in the end, despite incredible effort by doctors and nurses, his body had just had enough,” wrote family members on a GoFundMe page this morning. “There are no words to describe the pain we are all feeling. Matty is leaving behind family who love him dearly, friends who regard him as a legend, babies he won’t get to see grow up and a fiancée who loves him fiercely.”
Sabatino suffered heart and lung injuries while trying to help during a fight at about 1:30 a.m., Sunday, May 28, in front of 77 Washington St. He had been at a Boston hospital since the stabbing. Sabatino is engaged and a father of two.