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Man arrested after fatal stabbing outside bar in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal stabbing that happened during a fight outside a bar Thursday night. Erin Connolly has the latest on the investigation.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- "I'm innocent...I don't know what to say right now. I do feel bad." Jose Merced, 29, proclaimed his innocence as he left Amsterdam City Court on Friday, but hours earlier, Amsterdam police said he confessed to killing Daniel Mowry, 24.

Sgt. Owen Fuhs said, "Alcohol, tavern, young lady, more than one person interested, someone gets stabbed."

Police said Merced and Mowry got into an argument over Mowry's girlfriend at Skiba's Tavern in Amsterdam. Around 11:30 p.m., the fight went from inside to outside where police said Merced stabbed Mowry multiple times in the chest and back.

"In my day, people that had problems with alcohol and young women used their fists," said Sgt. Fuhs. "Somehow in our society now we've reached the point where we use weapons, and when we use weapons we cause people's deaths."

For friends and neighbors of Mowry, this all just seems like a senseless crime, with a life cut way too short.

"I am sad," said neighbor Shareen Nemer. "I've been crying. Look at my eyes. I've been crying. I cannot believe it."

"[He was] hilarious, funny, just made everyone laugh," said Mowry's friend, Brittnie Persico. "There was good energy in the room."

Merced was charged with second-degree manslaughter. During his arraignment, he continually looked back at his family and at one point was sobbing. One night, two lives changed forever.

Police said several people were involved in the fight and more arrests are possible.

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