Identity released for man stabbed to death on MARTA train

The DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office on Monday released the identity of a man stabbed to death after asking for money on a MARTA train.

Damilola Azuana, 41, was stabbed “numerous times,” police have said, during a fight with a man he encountered while panhandling on Jan. 24.

Charles Richey, a 49-year-old Atlantan, is accused of killing Azuana on a train near the Avondale station around 8:15 p.m., a police report said.

“Richey said he told (the man) he needed to get a job and earn his own money,” an officer wrote, adding that Richey also noted to the victim that he works too hard to give away his money.

Richey allegedly followed Azuana and grabbed him, leading to a scuffle. Azuana pinned Richey on a seat, at which point Richey drew a knife and stabbed him, police said.

Richey is charged with murder.

The homicide was the first of two in a matter of weeks on MARTA property. Last Thursday, a man was shot to death by a teen while reportedly boarding a bus at the College Park station.

A MARTA spokeswoman said the transit system takes safety seriously and works vigorously to ensure it.

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