Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Graffiti Writer

19-year-old Chicago man faces murder charges

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:58 AM CDT
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Man Charged in Stabbing Death of Graffiti Writer

A Chicago man faces charges he allegedly stabbed a graffiti writer to death in a Logan Square intersection over the weekend.

Kristopher Klimala, 19, was charged with first-degree murder. He is accused of killing Linear Caballero Saturday night after a fight.

Cabarllero got into an argument with the knifeman while sitting in his girlfriend’s car at a traffic light at the intersection of Armitage and Western, police said.  

Klimala allegedly tried to drag him out of the car and stabbed him in the neck and leg during the scuffle, police said.

Cabarllero’s girlfriend drove him to St. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

The Chicago Tribune reports Caballero was a graffiti writer who left his mark on Chicago buildings. A family member told the paper Klimala had threatened Cabarllero with a knife the day before the killing. 

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