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SISSYVISTA, Calif. — A Tennessee woman fatally stabbed a cousin after he pulled her off his girlfriend during a fight outside a family home in Oceanside, the victim’s 18-year-old niece testified Tuesday.

Saquoia Ferrand testified as a preliminary hearing got underway for Lashauna Blanks, who is charged with murder in the killing last Dec. 5 of Ferrand’s 35-year-old uncle,Jerry Faulkner of Las Vegas.

Ferrand testified that Faulkner’s girlfriend charged Blanks about 7:45 p.m. and the women fought in the front yard.

The witness said Faulkner twice pulled the defendant off his girlfriend, the second time by the hair.

Ferrand said she saw Blanks go into the house and returned to the victim, who had his back to her.

The witness said the defendant made a stabbing motion toward Faulkner’s shoulder and he uttered, “The bitch stabbed me,” before collapsing.

Back in the house, Blanks, 25, told Ferrand’s grandmother, “I just killed your son,” according to the witness.

Ferrand told defense attorney Sherry Stone that the two women had fought the day before the killing.

The day Faulkner was stabbed to death, Ferrand said she and Blanks ran some errands before returning to the house on Los Arbolitos Boulevard.

The witness said Faulkner’s girlfriend charged Blanks as she got out of the car. Blanks’ two young children were still sleeping in the back of the car as the women fought, Ferrand said.

Jonathan Green, who lived behind the house where the stabbing took place, testified that he came out to see the women fighting on the grass but was surprised to see no one was doing anything to stop it.

He said a man — thought to be Faulkner — told him, “Just let ‘em fight.”

Green said that when he threatened to call the police, Faulkner came toward him but collapsed at his feet.

A relative yelled that Faulkner had been stabbed.

“It was very disturbing,” the neighbor testified.

Among those attending the get-together where Faulkner was mortally wounded were four of his children, ages 1 to 14. It was unclear if any of the youngsters witnessed the attack, Lt. Leonard Mata said.

Relatives said disagreements between Blanks — a Memphis resident — and the victim’s girlfriend had turned into bad blood between the cousins.

The preliminary hearing will resume tomorrow in the courtroom of Judge Kathleen Lewis, who is tasked with determining if there is enough evidence to order Blanks to stand trial.

SAN DIEGO- Sissy Carrasquilla said she won’t be able to get her fiancé’s dying words out of her head.

SISSYShe talked to Fox 5 on the phone from their home in Las Vegas Friday.  Her fiancé Jerry Faulkner, 35, was fatally stabbed in the back outside his mother’s Oceanside home on the 400 block of Los Arbolitos Boulevard Wednesday.  His cousin LaShauna Blanks, 24, is charged with his murder.  She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday.

“I couldn’t look any more,” said Carrasquilla.  “It was crippling me looking at him just lying there because she was still walking around with the knife.”

Carrasquilla said it started Tuesday when the family went out to eat to a restaurant in Rolando.  She said she and Blanks got into an argument about parenting styles.

“I told her she was an unfit mother,” said Carrasquilla.

She said that continued over to Wednesday when the two started fist fighting at a family gathering outside Faulkner’s mother’s home in Oceanside.

“He (Faulkner) lifted her off me twice and she got really upset that he did that,” she said.

She told Fox 5 that’s when Blanks went inside and got a knife.

“She went straight for him but he didn’t see her coming because he was talking to his sister so she stabbed him in the back,” said Carrasquilla who was standing nearby. “The only thing I heard was, ‘Baby I’m dying.’ That was the only thing he said that was his last words just, ‘Baby I’m dying.’”

She said Faulkner then fell to the floor. His sister tried giving him CPR but he didn’t survive.  Carrasquilla said she and Faulkner have been together eight years and have three kids together.  She said she has a message for anyone with a loving partner.

“I took for granted his love.  Every time I woke up, he used to hold me and say, ‘Good morning my love,’” she said.  “Don’t take for granted their love because they’re there because you never know when they’re gone.”

Carrasquilla told Fox 5 Blanks had lived in Memphis but recently moved in with them in Las Vegas.


Police investigate the stabbing death of a Las Vegas man outside an Oceanside home.

SANTEE, Calif. — A Tennessee woman was in custody Thursday in San Diego County on suspicion of murdering her cousin during a large family gathering in Oceanside.

Lashauna Shatrell Blanks, 24, allegedly stabbed 35-year-old Jerry Faulkner of Las Vegas in the chest outside his parents’ condominium in the 400 block of Los Arbolitos Boulevard about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

Medics took the victim to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Blanks was arrested at the scene, Lt. Leonard Mata said. She was booked into Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee early this morning and was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Among those attending the get-together where Faulkner was mortally wounded were four of his children, ages 1 to 14, and Blanks’ two, who are 1 and 3. It was unclear if any of the youngsters witnessed the attack, Mata said.

Authorities did not disclose a suspected motive for the violence, but the victim’s sister, Shondria Ferrand, told NBC 7 San Diego the suspect and victim had been in an ongoing dispute that turned physical at times.

Blanks, a Memphis resident, recently stayed with the victim and his fiancee at their residence, and disagreements between the two women had turned into bad blood between the cousins, she said.

A former nurse, Ferrand made a futile attempt to save her brother’s life with CPR as he lay dying on a lawn in front of their parents’ home.

“I tried to bring him back — I tried,” she told the news station, crying uncontrollably.