Man charged in fatal stabbing at Henry County hotel

Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Henry County Sheriff's Office

A man was arrested Tuesday morning in the fatal stabbing of another man at a Henry County hotel, authorities said.

Stephen J. Quaglietta, 41, is charged with felony murder in the Dec. 29 death of 28-year-old Javari Whack, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said. He is being held at the Henry County Jail without bond.

The stabbing happened inside a hotel room at the Economy Inn along Old Industrial Boulevard in McDonough, the agency said. McDonough police were called to the hotel around 1:35 a.m. and found the victim with a 20-year-old man, according to a police report obtained Friday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Another man, a 55-year-old from McDonough, told responding officers that he rented the room for Quaglietta because he did not have an ID. According to the report, Quaglietta and Whack were strangers to each other. Relationships were not provided for the other two men.

The investigation into the incident is still active and authorities did not disclose a motive.

A GoFundMe campaign created to raise funds for funeral expenses states that Whack leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter.

“My son was loved by family and friends,” Whack’s mother wrote on the page. “Javari was a big support to his mom and family.”

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