A fan is fatally stabbed at Nelly concert. Another fan is stabbed and wounded, and police arrest three suspects

By Gary Susman
Updated October 21, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Two concertgoers were stabbed, one fatally, at a performance by Nelly on Friday night near San Diego, the Associated Press reports. Police arrested two men and a 16-year-old youth in connection with the stabbings.

Police told AP that Faitamai Taunuu, 30, died Saturday of multiple stab wounds inflicted around 11 p.m. Friday night at the Coors Amphitheater in Chula Vista, Calif. In the same attack, Sean Bower, 27, suffered multiple stab wounds. Bower’s friends were involved in a traffic accident while they were taking him to the hospital, and while they were talking to police, they recognized their alleged assailants and their car, police said.

Police arrested Steven Francis Tesam, 46, and Hank Carl Banegas, 26, on charges of murder and attempted murder. A 16-year-old boy who was in their car was arrested on charges of conspiracy.

This isn’t the first time in recent months that violence broke out at a California concert where Nelly was on the bill. In August, at radio station KKBT-FM’s ”Beat Summer Jam 2002,” a fight broke out during a set by L.L. Cool J and spilled onto the stage. Three people suffered minor injuries, and no arrests were made. Nelly was to have closed the show, but police evacuated the arena before he could take the stage. Speaking to a local TV station at the time, L.L. Cool J said, ”I think that it’s just a prime example of how much, how we as black men really need… someone around us who can guide us in the right direction and how we are so in desperate need of attention that we would ruin an event just to feel important.”

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