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Christopher Armstrong stabbed to death allegedly by James Samuel Alexander of Vallejo

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The former employer of a Vallejo man who was fatally stabbed Thursday remembered him today as an easy-going, light-hearted person. Christopher Ray Armstrong, 27, was found dead of stab wounds to his upper body in the 900 block of El Dorado Street around 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Vallejo police said. A suspect in the stabbing, 36-year-old James Samuel Alexander of Vallejo, was arrested minutes later at the intersection of Virginia and Monterey streets, police Lt. Lee Horton said.

Armstrong worked as a cook at the Good Day Cafe at 314 Georgia St. in Vallejo for about six months, but left four or five months ago to continue his studies, said Bo Benson, manager of the cafe. “He was a pleasure to work with. He was funny and liked to kid around,” Benson said. Armstrong’s Facebook page said he was studying at Napa Valley College in Napa and training for baseball tryouts next year.

He listed criminal justice, digital arts and restaurant as potential careers. He also listed being a starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s as one of his goals. Benson said Armstrong’s neighbors told him Armstrong befriended Alexander, who is homeless, and took him to help him clean a friend’s garage on Thursday. “Chris didn’t care if you were homeless,” Benson said. Vallejo police today did not release any more information about the stabbing or a possible motive for the killing.

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