Vitale family member dies after stabbing at GR pizza place

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Relatives confirm a stabbing victim who crashed on his way to a Grand Rapids hospital and died is a member of the Vitale family.

Family members identified the victim as Joey Vitale, who leaves behind two young girls and a wife. His father is Frank Vitale, co-owner of Franky V's Pizzeria and Sports Bar at 1420 28th Street SW in Wyoming.

Officers say the attacker came into Burton Heights Pizza around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and began to cause a disturbance. A witness said Vitale tried to calm down the man before he attacked him.

Nothing was stolen.

A witness told 24 Hour News 8 that prior to the attack, Vitale acknowledged that he knew the man, but it's unclear how. 

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