‘He was a bright light’: Father mourns 22-year-old son killed in stabbing at Newport house party

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – The family of a 22-year-old stabbed while at a house party in Newport is speaking out as police search for the men they believe are responsible.

Maximus Julian, 22, of Little Compton, was taken off life support Tuesday after he was stabbed multiple times at a house party on Thames Street early Sunday morning.

Police said the party took place at 548 Thames Street and a fight broke out just after midnight. Julian was critically injured, and another man was injured, suffering a stab wound to the knee.

Julian’s father, Diago Julian, told ABC6 his son was stabbed in the chest and neck. He said he went to the house party with his girlfriend, whose coworkers were throwing it.

“I guess this really got out of control, and when they tried to get it under control it turned violent. If I know Max, he was in the front of it trying to keep people from being hurt,” Diago said.

The 22-year-old was set to graduate from the University of Rhode Island in the fall with a degree in business, achieving high honors. He was working as a trap fisherman on a commercial fishing boat out of Sakonnet Point.

“He loved to clown around and laugh and he was just full of life. You know, he was a bright light. My world’s gonna be a lot darker without him and I don’t know how to go forwards without him.”

Diago said his son was known to stand up to bullies and protect those he loved.

“He always stuck up for the little guy, he despised bullies. He was always the guy to put a bully in their place,” Diago said. “Just knowing my son I know that he was probably trying to help. Put a target on him I guess.”

When he didn’t return home that night, Diago said he assumed Maximus was sleeping elsewhere. The family was woken up by police banging on their door.

“I never could have imagined something like this,” he said.

Police are now on the hunt for two men, one who will be charged with murder, and a second who will be charged with harboring a criminal and disorderly conduct.

Diago says, while he expects police to bring the suspects to justice, no amount of justice will suffice.

“He got himself a new car, all these things he worked so hard for, all taken away by someone who probably never earned a thing in his life. No matter what they do to him, whether they catch him, whether they burn him alive, it won’t equal out to the life that they took ’cause he was really special.”

A GoFundMe started for the Julian family has raised more than $40,000 for the family.

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