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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The brother of a young woman fatally stabbed in Klamath Falls says the person accused of the crime was a casual acquaintance of his sister.

Jaylon Ghost told the Herald and News Thursday that Uriah Vargas’ grandparents live near the Ghost residence in Chiloquin. Ghost says his sister Melina Ghost only occasionally crossed paths with Vargas, and he can’t think of a reason for the early Wednesday attack.

Ghost spoke outside the courtroom where Vargas made his first court appearance on charges of murder, unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Vargas has yet to enter a plea and is being held without bail.

Authorities say the 21-year-old woman was stabbed in the neck on a street outside Vargas’ home.

District Attorney Eve Costello declined comment when asked about a possible motive.


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