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Man stabbed Sunday remembered as happy, friendly
Evan Isaac Rosas previously worked at Steak N Shake
Eric Aurelio Reyes
Eric Aurelio Reyes

A former co-worker of a man stabbed Sunday night remembered him as a happy and friendly person.

Evan Isaac Rosas, 22, of Gainesville, suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and side Sunday night at The Preserve at Tumbling Creek Apartments off Tumbling Creek Road.

Gainesville Police arriving at the complex found Rosas unconscious and unresponsive. He died from his injuries at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, according to police.

“He was always happy and friendly,” said Steak n Shake manager Makita Totty, who worked with Rosas.

Totty said Rosas had worked for more than a year at the Steak ‘n Shake on Mundy Mill Road, constantly making jokes and getting the work done.

He had stopped working there a few months prior to the incident.

“Everybody loved him,” Totty said. “Even once he was no longer working here, he still came by and talked to us.”

Eric Aurelio Reyes, 25, was arrested and charged with malice murder. He remains in the Hall County Jail without bond.

According to Hall County records, Reyes had no prior violent charges.

Police on Tuesday did not release any further details on the incident. Sgt. Kevin Holbrook previously told The Times it was not a random crime and that several people were in the apartment before the fight started.

Totty said another employee was at the apartment that night.

Reyes’ address lists him as living in the The Preserve at Tumbling Creek apartments.

The apartments are close to the University of North Georgia campus in Gainesville, but school officials said neither Reyes nor Rosas are students.

Reyes is scheduled for a committal hearing in February.

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