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Part-time city worker stabbed to death in ‘fight over a girl’

Elvis Canfield

Elvis Canfield

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Updated: August 28, 2013 9:18PM

A 51-year-old man who worked as a part-time traffic aide for the city was fatally stabbed early Wednesday in West Humboldt Park.

Elvis Canfield was stabbed while fighting a man he knew in the 3900 block of West Division Street about 12:20 a.m., authorities said.

“He knew the individual through a mutual friend, and things got out of hand,” said Canfield’s brother, Torey Canfield, 35. “It was basically a fight over a girl, that’s what it boils down to. I just don’t understand why it had to come to this. The guy chased my brother down and stabbed him to death.”

Canfield’s mother, Virginia Roberts, was heartbroken Wednesday.

“He had an interview for a job today, and he didn’t make it,” she said. “He was supposed to go to O’Hare Airport to see about a cooking position.”

Canfield, who lived with his mother on the 1100 block of North Pulaski, was currently working part time as a traffic control aide for the city, according to relatives and an online employee database maintained by the city.

“He had three biological kids and two other kids he helped raise,” his mother said.

“He was a good person, I’m not just saying it because I’m his mother. He didn’t bother nobody, he was 51 and he drank, but other than that he was a great kid.”

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