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Witnesses to Fatal Stabbing On DC Metro Watched It Unfold

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - The first-ever homicide aboard a Metro train in the nearly 40-year history of the D.C. subway system has sparked a debate: Could witnesses on the car responded to the attack?

Kevin Sutherland was stabbed dozens of times in a July 4 attack. Police have charged 18-year-old Jasper Spires with Sutherland's death.

Police reports indicate multiple witnesses on the train saw the attack but did not intervene.

Metro police do not advise passengers to confront suspects in these situations, but the crime has left some wondering if the attack is another example of the so-called "Bystander Effect."

Social scientists say large groups of witnesses often are unlikely to offer assistance in emergencies. Metro riders say it is usually not reasonable or practical to do so.

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