Man charged in Hawthorne Race Course fatal stabbing

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
Miguel Salgado.

STICKNEY, Ill. (WLS) -- A man has been charged in connection with a deadly stabbing at the Hawthorne Race Course last Wednesday, police said.

Miguel Salgado, 28, has been charged with first degree murder. Police said he stabbed stable worker Rodrigo Flores-Garcia.

Police said the incident started with a fight between other coworkers at the stable.

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The deadly stabbing was not the first violent crime at Hawthorne this year. On Aug. 8, two women were wounded when gunfire broke out in the parking lot during a Belize-themed festival. Jim Miller, Director of Publicity, Hawthorne Race Course

Miller said Wednesday night's fight had nothing to do with that shooting and the close-timing of these two crimes was coincidental.

"You always want to provide the best security that you can for the events. We do feel we do a good job. It's just one of those things that's been very unfortunate," Miller said.