Man fatally stabbed in Lackawanna; suspect charged with murder

Robert Wheeler

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The family of 23-year-old Robert Wheeler tells News 4 he died after being attacked by someone known to the family early Tuesday morning.

Wheeler was at his mother’s home on Johnson Street when he was stabbed about 25 times around 1:45 a.m. Family members tell us he died trying to protect his nephew.

Wheeler’s sister, Amanda Wheeler, tells News 4 he was able to fight off his attacker and get downstairs wake up his mother. She says he later died in the home.

“Robert was loved by everyone and was a great uncle, brother, son, grandson, nephew and friend,” says Amanda Wheeler.  “I miss him already.”

Wheeler’s aunt also released a brief statement Tuesday night, saying “he was the sweetest, kindest most thoughtful person who would help anyone without a second thought. ”

Lackawanna Police say the suspect, Christian Gillie, is in custody. They tell News 4 the suspect was taken to the hospital after Tuesday’s attack. We’re told he may have cut himself.

Gillie has been charged with second-degree murder, a Class A felony. He is due in Lackawanna City Court for a felony hearing on Friday at 11 a.m.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses and more than $7,000 has already been raised.

People have left comments saying “It was a pleasure to know you” and “You left this world a hero, I am proud to have known you.”

News 4 will update as more information is available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s