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Tampa man faces charge in nephew's fatal stabbing

The two men had been arguing constantly and loudly in recent days.

By ALEXANDRA ZAYAS
Published January 8, 2007


TAMPA - Things at 3308 E Mohawk Ave. started going downhill after Elizabeth Kendrick went to the hospital on New Year's Day.

Cars cluttered her driveway. People came and left at all hours. The two men who lived there argued constantly, so loudly the neighbors sometimes awoke.

Then, just after 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, police said, 58-year-old Edwin Kendrick stabbed his nephew, 33-year-old Randy Harrelson in the side with a steak knife during a front yard brawl.

Harrelson collapsed, bleeding. Kendrick walked toward the corner stop sign and stood there, then walked some more. Officers arrested him a few blocks away.

After an ambulance rushed Harrelson to Tampa General Hospital, Elizabeth Kendrick's granddaughter, Yvette Bynum, waited by the police tape with her cell phone for word from the emergency room.

The sun had set when Bynum's phone rang.

"Oh, my God!" she screamed. "He's dead. Jesus Christ." Bynum fell to the ground, her daughter crouched next to her.

Relatives ran from across the street, where they had gathered. "Tell me my cousin ain't dead," one said, and he threw a bottle.

As Bynum contemplated how to tell 82-year-old Elizabeth Kendrick what happened at her house, a Tampa police homicide team snapped photos.

Edwin Kendrick would be charged, Lt. Jill Kwiatkowski said, but the charges had not been determined Sunday night.

Edwin Kendrick has an extensive criminal record, including battery, aggravated assault and possession of cocaine.

Harrelson was on house arrest when he was killed. He also had a lengthy record, with charges including drug possession and sexual battery.

Bynum said she knew something bad was bound to happen at that house, and forbade her daughter to hang out there while Elizabeth Kendrick was gone. But she never thought it would come to killing.

"We're family," Bynum said. "Family don't do this."

Times photographer Justin Cook contributed to this report. Alexandra Zayas can be reached at 226-3354 or azayas@sptimes.com.