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Fatal stabbing report

To the Editor:

Your report on the fatal stabbing of Jeff Holly on Brooks Avenue (Long ordeal ends in fatal stabbing, April 22) was irresponsible.

A collection of quotes from disgruntled neighbors and police blotter records do not constitute the truth.  I lived with Jeff Holly for the nine years previous to the Brooks Avenue move.  My neighbors remember him shoveling snow from their driveways and borrowing a ladder to save my home from rain damage.

We never know our neighbors, a violent tragedy only muddies the water we use in “paint by number” kits.  Jeff Holly had a degree in history from OSU, he was a master carpenter and had worked in theater in New Jersey, Portland and Eugene. He volunteered at Fish of Albany, Albany Community Theater and The Majestic Theater in Corvallis.  He was charming, funny, intelligent and tender.  I will always love him and cherish the time he shared with me.

Mary Ann Brevidoro