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Stabbing victim identified; police continue investigation

Fatal stabbing in Billings Sunday night
Posted at 9:46 AM, Jul 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-06 11:47:04-04

BILLINGS — Billings police are continuing to investigate a deadly stabbing that happened on Sunday, July 3, 2022, on Billings South Side.

The Billings Police Department responded to the stabbing at around 9:30 p.m. The victim was taken to a hospital but later died due to her injuries.

The victim was identified by family members as 24-year-old Jessie Jane Guardipee. Her brother Winston Caufield told MTN News on Tuesday that she was a mother to twin girls and a friend to all.

“No matter what she did...the best for them. She was the best mom,” said Caufield.

The stabbing happened near Guardipee's home on the 200 block of South 27th Street.

Friends and relatives say that even if her home was not in the best location, it was always a safe spot for them and her door was always open.

“She always took care of everybody. When someone needed help, she always, no matter what, she tried to help them out. That’s just the kind of person she was,” Caufield said.

Police believe the stabbing was an isolated incident and they are aware of a suspect, but so far no arrests have been made. They say there is no threat to the public.

Two days after the stabbing, Billings firefighters responded to a structure fire at the same address. Billings Police Lt. Matt Lennick told MTN News that authorities don't believe the fire is related to the stabbing, but firefighters are still determining whether arson was the cause.

Guardipee’s family will remember her vibrant personality and are raising money for her twin girls; we will update this article if we learn of any fundraisers.

“She was a mom, she was a sister, she was a daughter, she was a friend. She was just the best,” Caufield said.